Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ABC Wednesday: O is for Oriole

This post, with updated links, is from my other blog from May 27, 2007
Mr. T and I left this morning at 6:30 AM to go birding with folks from the Northeast Kingdom Audobon Society for the annual Birdathon. The others knew the sounds of all the birds and could tell even by their flight what they were looking at. I wandered around happy as a clam photographing anything I liked. We followed the Barton River in Coventry on the River Road (the Coventry Marshes).

At one point I left the group entirely and followed the railroad tracks. That is where I managed to catch the photo above of a Baltimore Oriole. I only had one shot and it came out rather well for having only a second or two to focus. I was going to e-mail the photo to the group but after I saw the
bird photos of one member, I decided not to. After all the walking I decided to sit and rest in the car while they continued to "bird." I shot the photo below of the group from the car.
Suddenly the others were excitedly motioning me to leave the car and join them. They had found another oriole and were watching her build her nest. The clouds had thickened and the available light was very poor for my camera. But somehow I got this very poor shot of her weaving her nest:
The oriole flew away and I was able to get many photos of the nest-in-progress with different magnifications. I have posted only one here but the rest are in a Flickr set I made today.
We left the group and returned home at 9 AM because we were soaked from lying in wet grass to photograph wild flowers and tramping through the fields and marsh. This has been another wonderful day. 
UPDATE: The oriole never completed the nest. 

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  1. Spring is really here when the orioles come visiting. Ours (we get two kinds: hooded and casseins) arrived a couple of weeks ago but I haven't seen them lately.

    As for pussy willows, they are an absolute favorite of mine. We used to have a bush in the back yard, but a caterpillar arrived on the scene in our area and absolutely decimated every willow tree of every kind.

  2. What a great capture that first one is.. this is a completely new bird to me so I thank you for sharing it..

  3. Great photo of that bird.
    So those folks could tell their birds just by it's flight or how he singed?
    Lucky them ... but in sight of them all I can beat anyone ... for me it's plain and simple ... bird! bird! bird! but I like to watch them.

  4. I saw my very first Oriole last weekend. I had never seen one before. Sounds like you had a Wonderful DAY!


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