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Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula

Description:

This is a young male Baltimore Oriole. This juvenile oriole has some of the markings of an adult male but lacks the dark head. It is VERY RARE to see one here this time of year! This Photo was taken on CHRISTMAS EVE DAY 2012

Habitat:

This young male should be wintering in Florida, Mexico or Central America. He should have migrated long ago to warmer climates yet he is living in an old growth forested area and comes to visit my feeding station daily now. Seen every day since 12-12-12

Notes:

PHOTO TAKEN CHRISTMAS EVE DAY 12-24-12 Photo is as taken Ornament was not added after the fact. This bird showed up at my feeding station on 12-12-12, and has been coming back every day now. Please note that this bird is not typically found in this part of the world at this time of year. VERY RARE to see this bird in December in Wisconsin. I see no point to posting me seeing him daily here. I will be reporting this to Cornell Lab of Ornithology for their bird study. I have already and will post the last day I see him this year there . Should he spend the winter I will document that for them as well.

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47 Comments (1–25)

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thanks Arun

AliHp
AliHp a year ago

you're welcom

Arun
Arun a year ago

Awesome spotting !!

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thanks AliHp

AliHp
AliHp a year ago

very very Beautiful...:)

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thank you, Harsha Singh. I hope this little wayward Oriole is doing fine. He was seen from December 12th until January 11th and then was not seen on an unusually warm winter day on January 12th. It is not once again cold enough to keep ice cubes from melting even if placed in the light of the sun.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh a year ago

Beautiful picture of a lovely bird.

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Mcaul6515

Saturday January 12th was an extremely warm day where I live in Wisconsin, USA and there were few birds that came to any of my feeding stations. "Sparky" as he has come to be known, was not seen at all that day. It was the very first day he was a no show. Yesterday January 13th, there was no one available to see if he returned. After I am done posting this comment, I will be going out in the predawn light to fill the feeding stations and then wait to see if he appears. If he left for warmer climates, I wish him all the best and Godspeed.

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 a year ago

Is he still doing well?

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Thanks for updating us on what is happening with this hardy individual! I really hope he makes it through the winter!

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Birdlady6000. This bird is being followed regularly by a good number in the birding community in the State of Wisconsin where he is living this winter. He was nicknamed "Sparky" by a bird loving lady from Minnesota, who also is following my daily posts to a birding sight. Spark, is doing well, and dining mostly on live meal worms. I buy them and then feed them lots of starchy food, before then feeding them to Sparky. He also dines on fresh oranges, and prefers Mandarin oranges to any other type I buy. He is actually finicky when it comes to his oranges, and will only eat a little of an orange unless it is a California Cutie Mandarin Orange. Go figure, this bird has good and expensive tastes!!! Spark showed up at my feeder on the 12th of December, and has been seen everyday since. He is present in my yard as I type this message to you. 1/10/2013. I am hoping that with the shelter I built for him, the heat lamp I provide him on extremely cold days, and providing him with fresh meal worms, oranges and all the other things he needs, he will not only survive this winter, but thrive. My goal is to help him until the others of his kind arrive back to my State this spring from Mexico, or Central America. Thanks for caring, and thanks so very much for asking about this wayward bird.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 a year ago

Another beautiful spotting Willie. Also interesting to follow his survival! How is he doing now?

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thanks Jolly. If I continue to see him after tomorrow, he will go into the record books as only the 5th Baltimore Oriole ever spotted in Wisconsin after December 31st. I am hoping he survives and thrives all winter long, then he would really be an extra special record setting bird.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez a year ago

Thanks for the information and thanks for sharing. Nice work. More power.

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Jolly, if I could coax him into my house, I can assure you he would not wish to go into the harsh winter to eat, he would simply eat in my house. He sits near the feeding station for hours at a time, and comes to there to eat when he needs to refuel. I set out fresh oranges and meal worms for him twice daily. He has the same down feathers as other birds that winter here, he just does not have the same diet. This winter I am watching him do things I have never seen an Oriole do. Including hanging from the side of a tree to get suet from a large hollow. The suet is placed there daily by me for the woodpeckers, and he is acting just like them at times.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez a year ago

Its quite interesting to note that he did not freeze to death! I wonder how he manages to eat and keep warm. Any ideas? Could be staying in the warmth of your home somewhere and just coming out to feed.

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thanks Jolly, As I type this he is sitting just over my right shoulder in a clump of snow covered branches in my yard. December 28th and he is still here. I am documenting it, in other places but am not going to post my daily sighting of him here. If however he is still here on January 1st, I will be posting to say he has done what few Baltimore Orioles have done before.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez a year ago

Congratulations Willie. Interesting documentation.

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Thank you so very much Jakubko, I hope that someday soon, I can say the same to you. This spotting is not of a rare bird, but it is very very RARE to see one where I live in Winter. They migrate south and spend their winters in Florida, Mexico or Central America, not Wisconsin. If he makes it to January 1st he will probably go into the record books as only the 4th documented Baltimore Oriole to be seen past December in my State since 1958

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Braulio Alejandro Rivas Tapia and Reza Hashemizadeh, thanks for your comments, I am deeply honored by you, all the others and the Project Noah Staff for choosing my spotting for such an honor.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau a year ago

Congratulations on Spotting of the Day, Willie!

williefromwi
williefromwi a year ago

Ismael, yours is an older male, that is why the coloration is different then mine, which is a younger male. Your bird is where it should be, mine should be somewhere near where yours was spotted, not here in Wisconsin

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves a year ago

Cool, my spot has different coloration http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/161...

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh a year ago

Yay Willie, Congratulations on this wonderful spot and SotD :)

Nice and well deserved!
U should put it on the mission: Birds of the World!

Wisconsin, USA

Lat: 43.19, Long: -88.21

Spotted on Dec 24, 2012
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012

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