|Baltimore Oriole near the tree top. © SB|
(Perhaps there were more female Baltimore Orioles, but they are not as easy to see, being a soft yellow rather than the fiery torch orange of the males — a colour that's even brighter in red sun rays.)
I was at Wascana Park, Regina, Saskatchewan, in and around the bird pond by the Conexus Arts Centre, and what a gathering of birds!
Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Robins, a Brown Thrasher, three kinds of Warblers (Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crested), various sparrow and lots of Red-winged Blackbirds.
But the Baltimore Orioles were my favourite, live energy glowing and crackling at the tops of the tree! I love that orange flash!
|Baltimore Oriole feeding |
on (insects in?) old leaves. © SB
|Baltimore Oriole - male. © SB|
|Baltimore Oriole - female. © SB|
A reader posted to say that these birds are called Northern Orioles... Perhaps in some places, but recent printings of my guides continue to use the name, Baltimore Orioles.
Cornell's All About Birds has this to say:
"The Baltimore Oriole hybridizes extensively with the Bullock's Oriole where their ranges overlap in the Great Plains. The two species were considered the same for a while and called the Northern Oriole, but in the 1990s, after genetic studies, they were separated again."So, Baltimore Oriole is the name I'm using here.
What are there? Baltimore Orioles
Location: Wascana Park, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: May 18, 2013.