Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Baltimore or Bust

We are still loaded into the late May - early June time capsule for these pictures, as you can see from the newly emerging greenery surrounding the birds.   

The big field where Baloo and I walk just about every morning is a fabulous place to look for birds.  The brilliant Baltimore oriole stands out against the fresh spring greens so dramatically that he had to be included in the walk down our little memory lane.  

I tried to entice a pair to hang around my yard with offerings of grape jelly, but they didn't like the nesting opportunities my yard afforded, so they moved along and I just admire them while passing through the field on our daily walks.

This oriole is sharing his perch with an eastern kingbird (who will appear again in later time travels). See what I mean?  While Baloo has his nose to the ground looking for rabbits and ground squirrels, I can have my nose to the skies in search of festive feathers!


Anonymous said...

This is actually a Bullock Baltimore Oriole. We had one oce in the area and birders were coming around getting photos of it.

Webfoot said...

Really? How can you tell? The only pictures I have been able to find of the Bullock's Oriole had a black eye stripe and not a full black hood like the Baltimore Oriole. Is it a hybrid variant and if so, what are the distinguishing characteristics? Thanks! :)