My Trip to Costa Rica Part 2

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Before leaving Olguita’s on the second day in Costa Rica, I spotted this migrant male Baltimore Oriole ( Icterus galbula ) pictured above, but I also enjoyed a resident Black-cowled Oriole ( Icterus prosthemelas ), both lifers! Destinations Baltimore Oriole Birding black-cowled oriole Common Black-Hawk Costa Rica Pale-vented Pigeon Roadside Hawk Scarlet-rumped Tanager Streak-headed Woodcreeper three-toed sloth Tropical Kingbird

The Once and Future Oriole

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I can’t possibly remember when the Baltimore and Bullock’s Orioles were lumped into Northern Oriole. I felt like the injustice was fresh, and that I, personally, had been robbed of the Baltimore Oriole. You’ll note that I felt robbed of the Baltimore Oriole. Birding Baltimore Oriole Bullock''s Oriole Life Birds orioles

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What is the State Bird of Maryland?

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Suddenly, we catch a flash of bright orange: a Baltimore Oriole. Baltimore Orioles spend their winters in Florida, Central, and South America, and migrate north to breed in much of the Eastern United States. It’s true that many know the bird because of Baltimore’s baseball team, but the species’ history with Maryland goes back much further. Baltimore Orioles breed in open woodlands or forest edges , preferring deciduous trees.

A Quick Visit to a Mud Puddle

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I wish this Baltimore Oriole had stuck around a bit longer. Oh my goodness! I’m writing a blog post! I know, I know, it’s been a long time.

I and the Bird: What is a Raven?

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But when the Baltimore Ravens are set to play in Super Bowl XLVII, suddenly everyone loves ravens. And come back later in the week when I predict with almost uncanny certitude the likelihood of the Baltimore Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII! Knowledgeable nature lovers might be wondering why everyone in the Western world seems to be talking about the corvids we’ve always known were the coolest around.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious.

Revenge of the Birds!

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Sure the Baltimore Orioles and the St. Louis Cardinals were both eliminated from Major League Baseball’s World Series but that doesn’t mean that birds aren’t going to fight back. Don’t believe me? Check out this video of a seagull pooping on a Fox anchor at the World Series. Asides baseball bird poop

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2015?

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Corey has already added some cracking birds to his year list and will continue his relentless observation of avifauna while visiting Baltimore this weekend. Happy New Year, nature lovers! No matter how many phenomenal birds you spotted or how many glorious ecosystems you explored in 2014, your year list is now reset to zero (though most of you probably rectified that matter on New Year’s Day!) A pristine weekend lies before you like an untroubled field of freshly fallen snow.

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Orange You Glad To See Me?

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Baltimore Oriole. If you ask me, no bird looks more at home with an orange than a male Baltimore. That’s right…I used the punchline from one of the worst jokes in history for this one, but it seems strangely apt. One thing I’ve learned birding south Texas this spring is that birds are extremely fond of oranges, including birds you just wouldn’t expect to be into citrus (like the Swainson’s Thrush above).

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There Are Migratory Birds Other Than Wood-Warblers. Who Knew?

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Everyone loves Baltimore Orioles ! What’s better than a Summer Tanager or a Baltimore Oriole ? A Summer Tanager and a Baltimore Oriole ! As Nate pointed out on the ABA Blog yesterday , we North American birders, especially those in the east, are a tad bit obsessed with wood-warblers. I am certainly no exception.

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Splitsville

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There is an interesting story behind these species: The Bullock’s Oriole is itself the product of a split, when in 1995 the western race of the Northern Oriole was given that name, while the eastern race was renamed the Baltimore Oriole.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2011)

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but my best bird of the weekend was in Baltimore, specifically the Aquarium. The Baltimore Aquarium boasts, among its many phenomenal attractions, a tiny but terrific rainforest populated by some outstanding birds. Have you used August as an excuse or incentive to travel? I highly recommend it, but then again I always advocate travel, no matter the month! Would you believe my best bird of the weekend was a Screaming Piha ? Believe it, and in the ABA area no less.

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The Oriolest Oriole

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In North America, at least in the eastern part of it, we celebrate the return of the Baltimore Oriole to parks and farms this time of year. Baltimore Orioles are surprisingly slight when you get a look at them, but troupials are about the size of a jay, and with the bearing to go with it. Icterus is a wide-ranging neotropical genus consisting of the technicolor blackbirds we call orioles. The two dozen species are, nearly to an individual, long bodied and bicolored.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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Photographers: John Kricher (Baltimore Oriole; Great Blue Herons); John Grant (Bald Eagles); Van Remsen (Northern Cardinal); Bruce Hallett (Atlantic Puffin). __.

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An Insect Hatch at Kissena Corridor Park

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Instead, it was some kind of insect hatch that brought out Least Flycatchers , Eastern Kingbirds , a Yellow Warbler , a Warbling Vireo , a host of Chimney Swifts , a Baltimore Oriole , some Cedar Waxwings , a Red-eyed Vireo , a bunch of Barn Swallows , and, entertainingly, some Northern Mockingbirds whose lack of flycatching finesse showed why they spend more time eating fruits and berries. One of my favorite birding spots is Kissena Corridor Park in Queens, New York.

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The Merlin Out Back

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The Rufous-capped Warbler is also there and now that the northern winter has taken hold, we have daily visits of Baltimore Orioles, Tennessee, Yellow, and Chestnut-sided Warblers. I live in the Central Valley, the most populated part of Costa Rica.

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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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An Eastern Wood-Pewee sallying from a branch, compared to flashy Scarlet Tanagers and male Baltimore Orioles , the dull plumage of the flycatcher borders on distraction. May migration is legendary.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2015)

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As feared, work kept me from appreciating the richness of avian diversity in western New York, but luckily a juvenile Baltimore Oriole crossed my path to provide something fun to observe. The last weekend of August reminds us that the seasons don’t only carry phenological significance. As eager as birders are for the beginning of fall migration, many parents are even more excited (some would say desperate ) for the start of school. Yes, this is a big week in my part of the world!

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Goldfinches Coming, Orioles Leaving

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And then there are the orioles like the above immature Baltimore Oriole that is loading up on food and about head south on migration. This is such a weird time of year at bird feeders. Most birds have finished up raising young, but a few are in the thick of it like American Goldfinches. Our latest nester, these birds don’t start their breeding season until July and are frantically feeding young right now.

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Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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Watching Baltimore Orioles consort with Blue-gray Tanagers as Great Kiskadees throw down their wings and yell is the perfect start to any day. Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan. 2021 is already well underway, are you birding?

In Costa Rica, Fall is our Spring

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Baltimore Orioles are coming to feeders in November and checking out avocado trees (I saw six of them doing just that a few hour ago), Tennessee Warblers are masquerading as Old World warblers in most places, and small flocks of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are making appearances. One of many beautiful Baltimore Orioles in Costa Rica for the winter. It’s warm as always in Costa Rica but I know there’s a change of seasons up north.

Collaborative list – March 2020

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Baltimore Oriole ( Icterus galbula ). Lady Helen has often made the point that we get very little opportunity to spend quality time together. The old saying “ be careful what you wish for ” comes to mind.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2016)

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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Baltimore Oriole in my yard, but obviously they’re hard to miss when they turn up. As migration advances, most birders have enjoyed the frenzy of new first-of-year sightings. But evolving patterns of both weather and species distribution still promise wonder in the weeks and months ahead. There’s more to see, so keep at it!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2016)

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Despite his not going to the birds, the birds came to him and his Best Bird of the Weekend is a tie between a Cooper’s Hawk that tried to thin the neighborhood pigeon flock and a Baltimore Orioles that, oddly for late August, flew over his balcony while singing. What’s better than a weekend with a big birding trip lined up? Not much, actually, but a weekend where you manage to finagle some quality birding despite lack of plans might come in a close second.

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Midsummer’s Bird and Some Thoughts on Naming

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The fact is, it’s all part and parcel of a long tradition of bad bird naming: Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Ring-necked Ducks , Connecticut Warblers that rarely appear in Connecticut and Baltimore Orioles that have nothing in particular to to with the city of Baltimore, and of course the endless procession of birds named for the friends and family of a small cadre of long-dead ornithologists, now shorn of significance except to the most historically literate twitchers.

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Two Hours at the Forest Park Waterhole

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All of the images in this post were taken in that two-hour period on Saturday – and I left out several species of wood-warbler, to say nothing of the Scarlet Tanager , Red-eyed Vireo , and Baltimore Oriole … Blackburnian Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler wanting a Worm-eating Warbler to give up the bath Black-throated Green Warbler Common Yellowthroat Nashville Warbler Worm-eating Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Canada Warbler Magnolia Warbler Wilson’s Warbler … a.

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Can the Falcons Win the Super Bowl?

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The Baltimore Ravens crushed my beloved New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV (2001) to become football’s finest feathered franchise. The hours are ticking down to Super Bowl LI, a hotly anticipated contest between perennial contenders New England Patriots and the upstart, high-flying Atlanta Falcons. As an avid American football fan and ardent birder, I may be uniquely qualified to predict the winner of the NFL Championship this year.

Collaborative list July 2021

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Heatwaves, floods, lockdown, football and Olympics. It’s a wonder that any of the beats managed to get out and wave their binoculars at birds this July. Yet, 79 checklists were submitted by 8 beats, accounting for 366 species in 5 countries.

Collaborative list – June 2021

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Flaming June is busting out all over. Insects were held back by weird spring weather, but now the warmth returns and the birds are feasting on the late stirring bugs. June saw 8 beats get their birding boots on and share 90 checklists for your pleasure.

Serendipity Plus Avocado = Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Snow has touched down in some places up north, up there on the breeding grounds of Mourning Warblers , Baltimore Orioles , and Sharp-shinned Hawks. Go birding almost anywhere in this snow-less land from now until March and you would be hard-pressed to pass a day without at least hearing the chattering of Baltimore Orioles.

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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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This is why the Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles of summer don’t linger to experience October 31st, and even late fall migrants like kinglets and sparrows move to slightly warmer regions. The final days of October are naturally spooky, at least in the north. It gets darker earlier day by day. The Maples and Oaks are in a rush to drop their remaining leaves and “shut down” for several months.

I and the Bird: Looking for Falcons and Ravens

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Alas, Atlanta couldn’t seal the deal in the second half, but Baltimore bullied their way to the Big Game. Those of us perched precariously at the intersection of birds and sports couldn’t help but hope for a Bird Bowl, where both teams competing in Super Bowl XLVII were named for birds. We’re going to celebrate both of them anyway with two editions of I and the Bird !

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Collaborative list – April 2020

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula). As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows.

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Collaborative list – October 2021

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495 Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula. As things appear to be returning to normal, The UK suffered its worst ever week for Covid infections. Wherever you might be birding, please stay safe and keep those around you safe too.

Collaborative list November – 2021

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455 Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula. I have been humming the Dwarves’ theme from Sleeping Beauty all month. Can’t think why. …we bird, bird, bird, bird, bird, bird, bird in the marsh the whole day thru.

Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula; Calle Jocote, 1-Jan. It’s January and another year list begins. This is what many of us birders do, we start another list.

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Collaborative List – August 2021

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It is delightful to see that the beats are getting back into the field and brandishing their optics around with great relish. They have been waiting for the natural imperative that calls them outside and now the leash has been loosened. I hope that you have made it out too. Stay vigilant and safe.

Bird TV — The Next Big Things

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The Wire: A hard-hitting, critically-acclaimed series about the underprivileged lives of Barn Swallows in Baltimore. I forgot to set my TiVo! I have to admit that I feel like Duck Dynasty is a tremendous missed opportunity. Oh, not in terms of the characters or storylines — my opinions about those are not entirely germane to this site. In terms of the title.

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Collaborative list – December 2021

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A Happy New Year to you all. December in the UK has been the mildest on record with even Lady Helen venturing from the heated rooms to pop her nose outside the door.

May Migration in Queens

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Queens, New York, May 2009 May is the month of migration in North America. Sure, some species move earlier and, of course, in the fall everything turns around and goes the other way, but May stands out as the month when birds that haven’t been seen since the previous fall come back in natty new breeding plumage and blow birders’ minds again the same way they did the previous spring (and the spring before that and the spring before that and so on and so forth).

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New Faces at the Olde Homestead

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I think what really stung was the fact that these orioles – and there were several, male and female, along with at least two pairs of Baltimore Orioles – were coming to the feeders. When they say that you can’t go home again, the proverbial They are usually talking about the fact that people change. Maybe you’ve changed; maybe it’s others.

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Identifying the Mystery Bird

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Ever rehabbed a Baltimore Oriole ? “Okay, fellow songbird rehabbers,” wrote Vonda Lee Morton of Laurens Wildlife Rescue on her FaceBook page. “Is Is this a Song Sparrow ? Tiny little pre-fledgling — nearly fully feathered. Belly’s not bruised; skin tone his purplish-red, as is gape. Feathers on belly, nearly obscured by my thumb, yellow. Quiet little “chip” for begging call. Nearly inaudible.”.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

JILLIAN PARRY FRY Baltimore, Feb. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.” But we can ask, and they can answer. Not in words, of course, but they can answer in ways that we can understand if we are paying attention.