Birding • Hooded Orioles
Hooded Orioles first appeared in my Davis yard in 2011 (five years ago). They built a nest in 2012 in a neighbor's Washingtonia palm tree. Delighted, I pointed it out to the neighbors, and (foolishly) suggested that birders might come to see it. Before the week was out, the neighbors had their palm trees trimmed. Goodbye, nest.

(Take-home: Don't tell a sheriff's deputy that strangers with binoculars are going to stare into his back yard.)

The Hoodeds have come back each spring, however.

This year they arrived in April, while I was in Yellowstone, and a few days ago the female adult brought two youngsters to my little pond for a bath. It may have been their first visit to the pond; they were hesitant and klutzy about landing on the rim and immersing their bodies in the shallow water. But it was a hot day -- high 90's F. -- and they both managed to get moist, at least.

I made Photo 2346 today (June 2 2016) as the kids landed in the Sally Holmes climbing rose en route to one of my sugar-water feeders.

I don't know when young male Hoodeds start to look like males, but I suspect they have at least a "peach fuzz" of a black bib pretty early. The two fledglings here now have no hint of male patterning, so I believe they are females.

Photo 3138, taken June 4 2014, shows an immature male on the left and an adult female on the right.

Finally, the bird in Photo 4814 is interesting. It's a pretty well-developed immature male that appeared on April 13, 2015, which seems really early for a 2015 fledgling to look so mature.

Compare the bird in 4814 to the adult male and female in 4807, which fed 5 minutes before. Maybe 4814 is a late 2014 bird traveling with its parents.
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