Friday, May 23, 2008

Hooded Orioles

Yesterday I had the pleasure of a visit from a couple of beautiful hooded orioles. At first I was wondering why an oversized goldfinch was drinking sugar water from the hummingbird feeder. It wasn't until the male, who is more orange and has a distinctive black mask and beard, arrived that I was able to identify them (the female, I believe it was--unless it was a juvenile--is lighter yellow all over except black patterns on the wings, very much like the smaller goldfinches). 

Here's the guy (this is not my picture, though)

 I hope they continue to come throughout the winter, they're so beautiful!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Orioles also like oranges. Put out oranges sliced in half, and that might encourage the birds to stick around...