Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday - Orioles in The O.C.

I continue to be amazed on a daily basis about the variety of birds that exist right here in my hometown that I have apparently been utterly oblivious to for basically my entire life.  Okay, I can sort of understand missing all of the brown/gray types that blend in with the branches, but really, how is it possible to have missed bright yellow birds like Goldfinches or Yellow Warblers...or even worse...a bright orange and black bird?

Remember the female and juvenile Hooded Orioles I showed from a previous post?  I've been on the lookout for the male ever since, but never really thought I'd find him.  And then, suddenly, one day as I was leaving work - there he was!


 
 
Sorry for the underneath views - this was one tall pine tree! 
 

 
 
And this bird was on the move almost constantly.  He was definitely foraging.


 
 
Here he's got a beak full of something - can't see if it's a bug or material for a nest.
 
 
 
 
I'm going with bug.


 
 
And he's off!  Disappeared after that.
 
And to think...I only got to see this because I had to leave early that day (Open House and concert at Ryan's school).  A few minutes earlier or later and this encounter wouldn't have happened!
 
 
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KJ

20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots and sighting of the Hooded Oriole. They are gorgeous. Great shots, enjoy your day!

Adam Jones said...

The Orioles are such amazing birds. So colourful.

TexWisGirl said...

how awesome! congrats!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Very nice photos ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful birds and shots.

Christian Weiß said...

Great observation and birds.

Creative Haven said...

Those are great photos! I saw two cool birds this weekend but couldn't identify them. I'm calling them "pretty red face bird" and "squeaky yellow bird"

Marie C said...

The Hooded Oriole is just stunning! Great shots! What a treat.

Susan (ABON) said...

Orioles are such interesting, and attractive, birds. Congratulations on your sighting and captures of the Hooded one!

Phil Slade said...

I love it when someone has an awakening to birds. It's "eureka" time! Well done in finding the male oriole.

Mersad said...

Really amazing wildlife images. Great photos!!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

HOOTIN ANNI said...

PRETTY...oh so pretty. Love the first in flight image especially...with the open wings.

Sharon Wagner said...

I like the shot with the spread wings. And nice perspective.

Latane Barton said...

Surprise encounters are the best kind. Glad you got to see the male. Such a pretty bird.

Pat said...

Fortunate sighting of this beautiful bird.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Planned birding trips are fun, but seeing them when unexpected is even better. These are absolutely wonderful birds. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Rohrer said...

Love these birds. They breed here during the summer and our most common oriole. Nice sighting and pics!

Jibber JabberUK said...

What a lovely spot on the way to school. It's always great when you just happen to chance upon a good sighting.

NatureFootstep said...

orioles is a great bird to see. Thanks for sharing :)

June Caedmon said...

Fabulous bird - great captures - what a gift!