Thursday, June 2, 2011

Orchard Oriole in Marathon

A few minutes ago this first year male Orchard Oriole paused in our yard after briefly exploring the oriole attractants at our feeding station. It disappeared after I snapped a few quick shots.

Orchard Orioles are unusual on the north shore. Until the spring of 2009, the Ontario Bird Records Committee had confirmed only three sightings in northern Ontario. Between May 14th and May 29th of 2009, a rash of OROR sightings, five of them, were reported from the Thunder Bay District.

Two days ago (on May 31st) another first year male OROR was banded at the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory (via NWOBirds)

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Updated at 8:00 am:

The oriole returned to sample a fresh dollop of grape jelly

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1 comment:

  1. Nice shots! Is the move north due to climate change? Over the past years we've seen many new birds here too in S. Vermont.