Saturday, May 28, 2011

Orchard Oriole

The Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) is the smallest North American member of the Icterids - the Oriole & Blackbird family (Icteridea).  This is an adult male.  The adult female and the juvenile have olive-green on the upper parts and yellowish on the breast and belly. Orchard Orioles are considered to be adults after their second year. One-year-old males are yellow-greenish with a black bib.  (Wikipedia)

Yesterday I thought all the orioles had left.   None visiting the orange/jam feeders.  It was lonely, I tell ya, after some ten days of high oriole activity in the yard and suddenly nothing - not one.  Then, the rain clouds moved in (sigh, we seriously don't need any more rain for a while) and a few Baltimores and two Orchards came into the yard. 

Interesting Facts from
 - A group of orchard orioles are collectively known as a "harvest" of orioles.
 - It is a late spring migrant, but it heads back southward quickly. Some orioles may return to their wintering grounds as early as mid-July.

The End

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  1. How exciting to get an Orchard Oriole! Congratulations on the photos.

  2. Thanks for sharing the great Orchard Oriole photos. You're so lucky with your yard birds. Val

  3. Thank You, ladies. Sorry I haven't acknowledged your comments until now. I've been out galavanting around the province!