Weekly Update #13: Oriole at Last

Female Baltimore Oriole

We need to find a new name for these weekly posts. “Feeder update” doesn’t work anymore because I’m getting more and more shots outside of my backyard. A sizeable chunk of what I shot this week actually came from the Sedgwick County Park and I already have some for next week that also came out of the park. There are far more opportunities to get birds in their natural environments at the park, plus a larger variety, potentially.

The highlight of my birding week was finally getting a great picture of a Baltimore Oriole. This particular example was a female who I caught munching on some tasty mulberries. Her mate was around, but didn’t stay long enough to get his picture taken. Either way, she was strikingly orange and a gorgeous bird on her own.

In other oriole news, I spotted orioles visiting two different times in the last two weeks. The first time happened when I was ready to give up. I was cleaning out my birdfeeders when I noticed bugs crawling all over the oriole feeder, so I decided to give up the oriole feeder for the year. So, I took it down and put it away. I tossed the orange halves into the field behind the and sat down to let everything dry. I looked back up and, sure enough, there was an oriole snacking on the oranges in the field. I spoke too soon! I put the oriole feeder right back up.

I still haven’t seen an oriole actually visit the oriole feeder, but I did see one eat the mulberries on my tree, so I know they’re around. Hopefully I can get a good picture when I get back to backyard shooting next week.

You’ll also see a Blue Jay, some goldfinches, some of the male Downy Woodpecker, the Barn Swallows, a Northern Cardinal, Mr. and Mrs. Bobwhite, Mallards, a grackle, and a couple of a few Western Kingbirds. I’ve been really trying to get good pictures of the kingbirds for a few weeks now. Unfortunately, they like to chill out high in the trees where it’s tough to get really sharp images.

Anyway, please enjoy the photos. They’re all captioned, so please click to learn more about them!

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