Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

by John Briggs on June 24, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Birding Videos, Blog

UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this bird is not a fledgling but a first year male. Although I watched this bird begging and being fed by an adult male, I assumed it was a fledgling. My bad! You all know what assuming does. Many thanks to @_CabinGirl Tami Vogel for bringing this to my attention. Has anyone ever seen this behavior, where an adult feeds a begging 1st year Oriole? Let me know in the comments.

What a day for a bird to fledge! Today’s weather features on and off heavy rain, gusty winds and very cool temperatures, a day not fit for man nor beast. It would seem that a bird would rethink about leaving the comfort of its nest on a day like today.

For the past two weeks, adult Baltimore Orioles have been taking mouthfuls of grape jelly and suet back to the nests to feed their hungry nestlings. The Orioles and Catbirds are going through a jar of grape jelly every 2 to 3 days, so I have no doubt that their are many young mouths being fed. It will probably only be a matter of a day or two before our feeders are overrun with fledglings.

Bird Photography: Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

This male Baltimore Oriole fledgling is soaking wet, probably chilled and its feathers are matted. It picked a brutal day to begin exploring the world and all it has to offer. As you can see in the following video, it’s eating well and knows enough to shake the rain from its feathers. It’s a big world out there for a young bird out on its own for the first time. If this Oriole can avoid the dangers that every birds faces, such as windows, cats, Hawks, weather, etc., then it may return to our yard one day to raise its own young.

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Male Baltimore Oriole fledgling

Male Baltimore Oriole fledgling

Dimension: 560×480 | Video bit rate: 1000Kbps | length: 37 seconds
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Video: Baltimore Oriole Fledgling | ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Happy birding!

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