Kip’s Comments 6-29-22

Male Orchard Oriole - image 754481 (© Kip Ladage)

 

All In One Small Space

Rather than paddling this morning I opted to spend time in a small area to watch and, if possible, photograph the bird activity that occurs shortly after sunrise. At a minimum I expected to see red-winged blackbirds, dickcissels, and gray catbirds. Any other species observed would be a bonus.

During the hour or so I monitored the area I did see the blackbirds, dickcissels and catbirds, but was also treated to an appearance by yellow warblers and a common yellowthroat. The real reward for the time invested was seeing a male and female orchard oriole. I don’t know that I have ever seen orchard orioles during the summer months. I have seen them many times during the spring migration, but never this late after the migration.   

All birds watched today very busy finding and harvesting little inch worms and other small insects. During my watch period I did not see any of the birds consume a grub or insect. Instead, each carried the prey away, leading me to assume they were feeding young in nests. That observation included the orchard orioles, meaning I would guess they had a nest with young somewhere nearby too. I have no idea on how often orchard orioles nest in the state, but I know where one pair appears to have set up house during this nesting season.

Male Orchard Oriole - image 754481 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Orchard Oriole – image 754481 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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