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We were watching the hummingbird feeder this afternoon expecting to see our migrating little friends.
As I went into the kitchen Cynthia exclaimed loudly “Oh my god! What the heck is that?”

When I got to the window I did not immediately see what she was talking about but I spotted it shortly.

I had never seen one before and never expected to see one down here in Texas feeding at the hummingbird feeder, but there it was…

a Baltimore Oriole.

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  • September 20, 2005 at 6:30 pm
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    BEAUTIFUL. Just like the cap of the baseball team. I think I’ve seen them in Arkansas, but I’m not sure about down here. Thanks for posting the pic!

  • September 20, 2005 at 6:41 pm
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    We’ve seen Baltimore Orioles at our platform feeder in the past. I’d bet this one was just after a drink, but not necessarily a sugary one.

  • September 20, 2005 at 11:30 pm
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    I saw one last year. Icterus galbulaThe Northern Oriole. The “Baltimore Oriole” and the “Bullock’s Oriole” were thought to be separate species, but as the territories came to overlap, it was found that they interbreed freely. Most birds in the central plains are hybrids.The Bullock’s has more prominent white streaks on the wings. The Baltimore has an all black head. Likely a hybrid. I think it’s pretier than the eastern original.

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