Bullock's Oriole in New York!--ID confirmed 1-16-09

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    This shot was taken at about 3:15 pm on Sunday, January 11, 2009 in Columbia County, New York, USA, but the light was already fading. Boy, was I excited! This handsome fellow was a first-time visitor to my deck & he stayed around, off & on, all day long! I believe he is a male Bullock's Oriole. He tried every feeder on the deck & seemed quite hungry. I did some research & put out a bowl just for him, from what I had on hand--apple, jelly, peanut butter. I tried grapefruit, but he shook his beak, repeatedly, when he tried it. I think it was too sour for him! If he's still around tomorrow, I may try a little banana. It was fun to watch him. He would stay & feed for several minutes at a time & got along well with the other birds. I saw him feeding right next to blue jays, red-bellied & downy woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees. I was amused to see that the blue jays, even though they are bigger, yielded to him. I found him to be an altogether nice bird! I hope he stays around. As of 1-16-09, my ID has been confirmed--an adult male Bullock's Oriole visiting my deck in Columbia County, New York, USA. This is the first confirmed sighting in my county & my 11-county area & among only about 6 sightings in the whole state of New York. This fellow ought to be in Mexico or Guatamala in the winter & west of Indiana the rest of the year. Read about him here:
    www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bullocks_Or...
    The Bullock's Oriole, who I nicknamed Bob, stayed at my feeders for 2 weeks & 4 days & was visited by many people from the surrounding area--NY, MA, CT. For many, this would, likely, be the only time they saw this bird in person. We really enjoyed his visit & I was happy to do my part to make him comfortable. This is my favorite of the "Bob" photos--from his first day with me, in the afternoon light. Here is a link to my set of 24 photos of Bob's 2 1/2 week visit to my deck: www.flickr.com/photos/mudder_bbc/sets/72157612569091641/. It was a great pleasure to meet him & have his company that cold winter!
    This picture was published in a Rodale book called "Secrets of Backyard Bird-Feeding Success" by Deborah Martin, released in August, 2011. My photo was used on page 84, as well as being one of three photos selected for the back cover--my first photo sale!

    diffuse, Bean*, Babbletrish, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Jeff Milsteen 118 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous yellow feathers with a nice "skim" of light across the top of his head and back. Beautiful!

    2. hallowed ink [deleted] 118 months ago | reply

      I'd say, from what I just looked at on the web, and from seeing adult male Baltimores at my feeders this summer, that the bullock's oriole is th right guess. Gorgeous! Poor guy- lucky him you put the yummies out!

    3. njchow82 118 months ago | reply

      How exciting---this is a beautiful bird---lovely yellow coloring

    4. jhusband 118 months ago | reply

      Wow! What a cool sight! If that is a Bullock's (which it does look like one) it sure would be a long way off from its usual part of the country. This sighting is sure going to stir up some excitement around your part of town. The first Indiana state record of this bird appeared in Feb 2007, so they do not usually get this far east.

    5. diffuse 118 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot, Barbara! Smart bird, finding its way to your land of plenty.

    6. arrow734 118 months ago | reply

      He is beautiful, and the lighting is perfect. What a lovely feast he is enjoying, lucky he found your place!

    7. johnbird30 118 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot,great detail.

    8. Bean* 118 months ago | reply

      beautiful colours!

    9. Steve Byland 118 months ago | reply

      Wow! That is a hard-core good bird. If you have any friends that are serious birders, you should let them know. There is probably some sort of records committee in you state that would like to know as well.

    10. NavjotSingh 118 months ago | reply

      Great shot of gorgeous bird. You should report this to the record committee. Must be fun to see one.

    11. local birder 118 months ago | reply

      That's beautiful Barbara!!! What a great shot and an amazing bird. Thank you for sharing with me!

    12. Django_ Reinhardt Walter 118 months ago | reply

      nice foto for the Winter

    13. mudder_bbc 118 months ago | reply

      my ID was confirmed 1-16-08 at the oriole's usual am feeding time of 7:15 am, by 4 independent observers--adult male Bullock's Oriole. : )

    14. mrk_arvin 118 months ago | reply

      Great picture. It's things like this that make feeding your backyard birds worthwhile. I see it gets nothing but the best.

    15. Martin LaBar (going on hiatus) 118 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know.

    16. Jeff&Amy 118 months ago | reply

      Fantastic Photo! That is an absolutely Wonderful yard bird! Amazing. And Thank you for checking out my very meager photo. :)

    17. orchid dude 117 months ago | reply

      how exciting for you.....it's always so fun to spot a new bird for the first time in one's garden!!

    18. Billy320 117 months ago | reply

      Excellent !!!!!! I just moved to mahopac in putnam county I love taken pictures of birds

    19. Parowan496 89 months ago | reply

      What a great story both here and on the set link you gave me !
      We see this bird only once or twice each year and never for more than one or two days.
      The picture I posted was the only time this year we've seen him - and only for about 5 minutes.
      You certainly enjoyed him for a long time.
      Thanks for the visit and for the link to your wonderful photos.

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