Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Northern Oriole

 Immature male or female Northern Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Young males look like females until the fall of their second year, so this could be an immature male. Even more confusing when deciding gender (at least for me), females become darker after every moult so that older females are nearly as bright orange as the males.

Nest hidden among poplar leaves

Each female builds a new nests every year, anchoring her woven "basket" in a tree fork.

Dangling nest in an apple tree

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

44 comments:

Kate said...

Photos of birds always delight me. Such a spritely looking bird.

Jacquelineand.... said...

We see them here occasionally, and it's always such a delight!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I saw one of these at the bird feeder the other day, very pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty shot of the Oriole and the nest! Have a happy day!

Donna said...

I have always wanted to see an oriole nest up close...beautiful creation....the orioles are done here and gathering to move on already...I know this when they are absent from the feeders.

Sharon Wagner said...

I created a yet unpublished post with an oriole nest. I placed the long nest on a fence post and it looked like a bird!

Mary Hone said...

Those are great, what a pretty bird. I love the nest.

Rose said...

It is so beautiful...and love the nests! I have seen one oriole nest in my lifetime that I can remember!

Norma Ruttan said...

What a beautiful bird- no matter the gender. I've never seen an oriole or its nest. thanks for sharing

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Amazing how they build their nest.

Michelle said...

A lovely bird and I like that nest.

Sylvia K said...

Love your bird shots -- well, let's face it, I love all of your shots of any and everything!! They're all beautiful!! These guys little nests are delightful and so are they! Thanks for another beautiful start for my day!!

Linda said...

Gorgeous and refreshing!

William Kendall said...

Quite a pretty bird, EG!

Kerri Farley said...

What an absolute beauty!

RedPat said...

I could hear one this morning in the trees but couldn't spot it! So thanks for showing this beauty today, EG!
And yes it is hot today!

Margaret Adamson said...

a beautiful bird and shot and thanks for the information

Silver Parrot said...

Such a pretty-colored bird and love the nest shots!

Chris Rohrer said...

I thought they got that far north. So Northern is Baltimore? I love Orioles. They can be rather tricky for the camera at times. Their nests are always so interesting.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Super!!! A 'new' one for me...I know of the Orchard, the Hooded, the Altamira [spelling?], and the Baltimore, but this is the first I've read/seen a Northern Oriole!!! It's very pretty.

Birdman said...

The orioles do have a wonderful ballpark at Camden Yards.

Karen S. said...

Very pretty, and I really like that nest!

VP said...

Great photos as always, love the image of the nest!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those nests are a piece of skilled work.

Linda W. said...

That's quite the nest! Beautiful bird.

Revrunner said...

so is there such a thing as a southern oriole? Just asking. :-)

Adam Jones said...

The Oriole is a stunning bird.

Pat Ulrich said...

such a lovely bird -- and really cool to see the nest!

Jeanne said...

Such a beautiful capture

Randy said...

What a beautiful bird.

Stephanie said...

Such a pretty bird, interesting nest.

GreenComotion said...

Beautiful photo, Tina!
Go Orioles!!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Kathy said...

Love the brilliant photos. "They" say we have orioles here but I've never seen one. They probably migrate through and I'm just busy on those days. They are such brilliant and lovely birds.

Cloudia said...

so sweet

Kay said...

Great shots! It's always fun to spy a nest, too. This is a nice peek at one.

Small City Scenes said...

I know what you mean about deciphering color on or gender on some birds. I will always be a little confused. I don't think we have The Northern Oriole her, just the Bullocks Oriole.
Nice shots and I love the nest. Nice capture.
MB

Liz said...

What a sweet bird!

Amy at love made my home said...

What a beautiful bird! xx

llandudnopictures said...

A real bright eyed beauty!

Halcyon said...

What a beauty!

Stewart M said...

Cracking looking bird - and the bonfire post is good as well.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Cromer said...

What beauties you have delivered to our eyes today~

Jack said...

I will still need to have you beside me to do the identifications.

Marie C said...

Wonderful photos! I loved seeing the nest.

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