Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula
The Baltimore Oriole, with its flute-like song, is a bird we eagerly anticipate every Spring. We place orange halves and grape jelly feeders throughout the yard hoping to attract these beautiful birds. The Baltimore Oriole was late arriving in our part of Maine this year. Cold, wet weather with unfavorable winds delayed the northward migration until conditions improved during the mid-May time period.
Over the last six years, we’ve had five seasons of nesting Baltimore Orioles in our yard, with last year being a banner year. The summer of 2010 brought three nesting pairs to our property, with 10 successfully fledged young visiting our feeders. This Spring, I’ve counted 4 males and 3 females, one of the males being a first year juvenile. The pairing has already begun, with one pair in our crabapple tree near the edge of the cove and another pair in a mighty oak tree on the opposite side of our property. The remaining individuals mostly hang out in our neighbors pear trees.
The possible reasons for our success in attracting and keeping the Baltimore Oriole could be that we have the only Oriole feeders in the area. I did a survey last summer that showed the closest feeding station for Orioles was three miles from our home, which was located in the north end of Bath. Another reason I believe this bird is attracted to the area may be because there are many fruit trees in the vicinity that are in bloom during the time period that the Baltimore Oriole migrates.
Bird Photography: Baltimore Oriole
I captured photos of the first Baltimore Orioles to arrive on May 17th. I hope you enjoy the following photos and video of this beautiful bird.
The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography
HD Video: Female Baltimore Oriole
Dimension: 560×480 | Video bit rate: 1000Kbps | length: 54 seconds
Playback: Click Play Button | Broadband Connection Recommended
HD Video: Female Baltimore Oriole | ©2011 John Briggs Photography