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Title: Bird Question
Post by: alan in shreveport on January 02, 2019, 03:03:42 PM
A non big bend question for our ornithologists :  What would a Baltimore Oriole be doing in Shreveport on New Years Day ? ( please refrain from "nursing a hangover" or any Henny Youngman - type responses)  He was having a few peanuts at the tray feeder so I put an orange out there for him and he went right to it. He came back several times over the course of the day. Totally out of range by my book.
Title: Re: Bird Question
Post by: House Made of Dawn on January 02, 2019, 04:08:33 PM
Wow. That is a great out-of-season, out-of-range find, Alan.  It's plausible, though, because not all Baltimore Orioles migrate south of the border for winter. A very few spend the winter on the littoral margins of the Gulf. Most Christmas Bird Counts from those areas feature a few every couple years, and Florida has a pretty good winter population every year. So it's possible you got a particularly adventurous vagrant that worked its way up to Shreveport from Louisiana's gulf coast. Orioles are somewhat omnivorous and love feeders. If I were an Oriole in Shreveport in the winter, I'd probably hang out at your feeder, too. Hope the bird returns throughout the winter!
Title: Re: Bird Question
Post by: badknees on January 02, 2019, 05:05:10 PM
While very uncommon, it is a "regular" winter wanderer along the Gulf coast. The map below shows January sightings for the past 10 years with 2 in the Shreveport area. (See the map). Florida has many, many more winter sightings.

There are probably many more around, but most people are not "bird aware".

I currently have an immature male Ruby throated Hummingbird visiting my backyard feeder every day since before Thanksgiving. If I didn't keep my feeders up all year long. who would know?


Title: Re: Bird Question
Post by: alan in shreveport on January 02, 2019, 08:05:02 PM
because we all know it didn't happen if there are no pictures

(thanks for the replies)
Title: Re: Bird Question
Post by: Don H on January 03, 2019, 09:59:30 AM
Thanks for sharing the pics Alan!  Thatís a beautiful bird for sure.
Title: Re: Bird Question
Post by: Imre on January 03, 2019, 09:12:20 PM
Awesome!  :eusa_dance: