Hooded Oriole in Sycamore Canyon 3-23-10
With the arrival of spring migration has begun and we are seeing all sorts of new arrivals. Some of the brightest birds are the male orioles. I have seen Scotts and Hooded Orioles so far this week, both in my yard and in the surrounding desert and neighborhoods.
The male Hooded Oriole is distinguished by his bright orange-yellow body, orange hood, black back and face mask with a thin, pointy black beak and white lesser coverts on his wings.
Orioles are actually members of the blackbird family, called the icterids, and they are insect and nectar feeding birds. for this reason one must be very careful in the use of pesticides when these birds are around. As you can see, Orioles will come to your hummingbird feeders. There are also special oriole feeders you can buy. they love fruit and you can attract them by putting out sliced oranges or other fruit. Some people even put out jar lids filled with grape jelly.
Male Scott’s Oriole 3-23-10
This male Scott’s Oriole showed up the same day as the Hooded Oriole. the cold and rainy weather drove it to a high energy food source-suet. However, I have seen this oriole and others drinking nectar from our native flowers as well as the flowering bushes we have all planted in our yards. The day before this picture was taken I saw a Scott’s Oriole feeding from the blossoms in my Cape Honeysuckle bushes.
Notice the bright yellow belly, black head and face and black back of this species. Also note the white wing patches.
|Scott’s Oriole Sightings for||Sycamore Canyon|
|Vermillion Sunset Dr.||3-16-08|
|Sycamore Canyon Neighborhood||3-24-10|
|Sienna Bluffs Trail||3-24-10|
The female of these oriole species are very similar in coloring and shape. They can be very difficult to tell apart. Add in our third species of oriole, the Bullock’s, and it gets even more complicated. The bullock’s Oriole is orange and black with large white patches on its wings. It has an orange face with a black crown and a black line running through its eye from its beak. I have not seen one yet this year but I am sure we will be seeing them soon!
|Hooded Oriole Sightings||Sycamore Canyon|
|Sycamore Canyon Wash||4-15-2008|
|Vermillion Sunset Dr.||4-12-09|
Bird sightings tables are generated with information from eBird an online resource administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This information is taken form data I have submitted to eBird as a Citizen Scientist since moving here in 2007. Anyone can participate. Click on the link to learn how.