May 08, 2014

Orchard orioles are showing up in good numbers these days.
Actually today was a great birding day at Rondeau with 25 warbler species seen.
Orchards are smaller and darker than the brightly coloured Baltimore orioles but I think there colours are classy.

Icterus spurius.

The Orchard Oriole swaps the typical flame-orange of other orioles for a deep, burnished russet. Hopping among riverine shrubs or scattered trees, male Orchard Orioles sing a whistled, chattering song to attract yellow-green females. The smallest of North America’s orioles, it gleans insects from foliage and builds hanging, pouchlike nests during its brief breeding season, and then heads back to Central America for the rest of the year. Orchard Orioles also feed on fruit and nectar in orchards, gardens, and elsewhere.

The oldest Orchard Oriole on record was at least 11 years old when it was captured and released by a Maryland bird bander in 2012.

source the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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