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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Another female (oriole) bringing food to babies

Conducting Breeding Bird Atlas surveys (looking specifically for breeding behavior) is really increasing my observations of courting and nesting birds. The female Bullock's Oriole in this pic was bringing some tasty insect (looks wormish) to her nestlings. I could hear the nestlings calling when food was brought to them.

As can be seen in this pic, the female lacks the black that distinguishes males,is less orange/more yellow than the males, less white in wings and has a whitish belly. Compare this pic with those in the June 12 posting of a male Bullock's Oriole. They look quite similar to female Baltimore Orioles, and eastern species that are rare breeders in Colorado limited to far eastern sections of the state.


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