Photo Study Of A Bullock's Oriole In Douglass Township, PA (Montgomery County), January 3rd, 2011

    The Davies Family (123 Robin Dr, Barto, PA 19504-9371) discovered an after second year male Bullock's Oriole coming into their feeders (seed and suet) as well as their
    backyard apple orchard for the past few days. They contacted a close friend Cameron Rutt who posted the information this morning on PA Birds and needless to say the
    birders showed up to see the 2nd reported male (and the fourth or fifth) Bullock's ever in Pennsylvania. The Davies family could not have been more gracious in welcoming
    the visitors, both bird and man, however, there was one heinous Northern Mockingbird that took great delight in tormenting the poor Oriole throughout the morning!

    Further, this beautiful Bullock's Oriole can appear bright yellow with orange highlights, and everything in between, depending on its position and the light.


Some Views Of The Bullock's Oriole

The Birders Lined Up To Watch The Bullock's Oriole

The Davies Family Lined Up To Watch The Birders

Ben Davies Bringing Coffee, Tea And Cookies To The Birders

   The Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is a small blackbird (6.7-7.5 inches long; 12.2 inch wingspan) of the open woodlands
   in the American West. It is especially fond of tall trees along rivers and streams. At one time it was considered to be a single
   species with the Baltimore Oriole, called the
Northern Oriole. This bird was named after William Bullock, an English
   amateur naturalist. Bullock's Orioles while native to western North America are sometimes found as vagrants in the eastern
   half of the continent. During the breeding season, they are found as far west as the eastern foothills of the Cascade range.
   Their breeding range stretches east to the Dakotas, Kansas, and northern central Texas. This species can be found as far
   north as British Columbia in Canada and as far south as Sonora or Durango in Mexico. It is common throughout its range,
   but is absent in parts of Arizona and Idaho where a combination of extreme elevation and an arid climate make for poor
   living conditions. During winter, this species retreats to Mexico, south and east from Sinaloa to Oaxaca, and also into
   northern Central America.     (Wikipedia; Rising And Williams 1999; Cornell BNA; Sibley Guide To Birds)

    To see a larger image of any of the photos below, please click on either the thumbnails or the captions...thanks!






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