Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore orioles are back in Maryland and busy at building their hanging nests.  I’m still waiting for that perfect shot of one, but I’ve got a few fair shots in the past couple of days.

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Baltimore oriole in a sycamore tree at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 6, 2015

I have been seeing them in sycamore trees most frequently feeding on the seed pods, or possibly gathering the fluffy material from the pods for their nests.

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Baltimore oriole in a sycamore tree at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 6, 2015

We also have orchard orioles in Maryland, and while the males are easy to tell apart from one another, the females of both species can be trickier.  The female Baltimore oriole tends to be yellow-orange while the female orchard oriole is greenish-yellow.

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A female Baltimore oriole with nest material at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 7, 2015
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A female Baltimore oriole with nest material at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 7, 2015
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A male orchard oriole at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 7, 2015
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A female orchard oriole at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 7,2015
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A female Baltimore oriole at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland – May 7, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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