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Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula


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! These photos were all taken on 12-21-12 the day after a heavy snowstorm hit our part of Wisconsin.


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


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. These photos were all taken on 12-21-12. I am posting this date because he was seen by me and two other people who traveled a half an hour by car to see his beauty, and make their own captures. I am documenting his activity daily, and am posting the shots to my facebook page should anyone be interested. 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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Ajwerko 8 years ago

Beautiful pictures!!

williefromwi 8 years ago

He is YukoChartraw So far he is fairing quite well and eating quite well too! I hope he makes it through the winter. If he does, I am beginning to believe he will not want to move on, but may come to live somewhere close by because of how I am caring for him now. He sure is getting some pretty royal treatment from me. Grinning here, happy he is doing so well.

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Hang in there, little birdie!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks for your thoughts and the information Janelle L Streed. So far he seems to be handling the snow and cold ok. Should he begin to look like he is struggling I will make a call for sure. Because of some things I will not discuss here I am now working 2nd shift. It has allowed me to be able to put fresh oranges and other dietary needs for him twice daily. I put them out in the morning and then again early afternoon. He spends a good part of the day at or near the feeding station. I will keep you and others that are concerned about him posted as to how things go for him. I post daily to a birding sight in my state and some are extremely interested in how he fairs. I imagine there are many like you and I who care about this little lost bird on here too.

Thanks Gerardo Aizpuru I am thrilled to have this little one come to me daily. I am glad I am able to provide for his dietary needs while he is in a place he should not be in winter.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations William fantastic series :)

JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

williefromwi-Thanks for the link to this posting! I'm glad to hear he's still alive and that you got the contact info I gave you. Let me know what you find out. We had an American Robin up here two winters ago that survived the whole winter and actually changed his diet to eating peanuts in order to survive. I tried putting out dried meal worms and fruit for him as well but he wasn't interested. My neighbors heat with a geothermal heat pump that keeps an area, the size of a large tractor tire, open in our lake all winter. There was a warming post (open water) that he used to perch on every day as if guarding his find. "-) I hope your little Oriole is strong enough to survive the whole winter. I don't think its the deep snow so much as the incredibly cold subzero temperatures and lack of food that could do him in. If you're careful to keep him in fresh oranges, that will surely helps his odds. Let me know what you find out from Cornell or the Wildlife Rehabers in your area, whether to intervene or not, okay? Like I said, we've had both a Brown Thrasher and an American Robin up here when they shouldn't have been. Robin survived but I don't think Thrasher did. Best wishes and please stay in touch. :-)))

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks so very much for the kind words empidonax

empidonax 8 years ago

Great shots!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks Ceherzog, I try very hard to make stunning captures. I am glad you enjoy this set of captures I have posted.

Just love those pics!

ceherzog 8 years ago

This is wonderful, Willie!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you so much Leanne. As I have already stated here to many and probably to you as well. My goal is not just to document my finds, but to try and make the ordinary, extraordinary. My ultimate goal is to get others to fall in love with wildlife, or at least appreciate it and respect it more then they already do.

I am blessed to have this little guy in my yard daily. I can tell you I have never had one in my yard for more then an hour in all the years I have lived here. That spans more then a decade now. Quite remarkable when you stop and think about that.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Beautiful as always Willie :)

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful striking colors! Lovely series!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks so much Alina, the colors may go well together but this bird should not be wintering in Wisconsin where there is snow. They should winter in Florida, Mexico or Central America. It is a great spotting as it is a very rare occurrence.

alina 8 years ago

i love the colours -- orange and white go so nicely together. great spotting ))

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Spotted on Dec 22, 2012
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