Bullock’s Oriole – Huntingdon County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Feeding, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities5 Comments

About a week and a half ago, Jim Hamilton noticed an oriole coming in to his bird feeders. He sent photos around to other Huntingdon and Centre County birders and we agreed that the bird looked good for a female Bullock’s Oriole – an oriole that takes over for the Baltimore Oriole in the western half of the country. This morning was the first chance my friends and I had to chase the bird, so we arrived there fairly early and within a few minutes, spotted the bird perched in a nearby bush accompanied by House Sparrows. Throughout our visit, the bird visited the feeders often and alternated between feeding on suet and oranges. Below are some of the photos I took of this PA rarity. Please check the PABIRDS listserve for more info about visiting the Hamilton’s.

Bullock's Oriole - female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Bullock's Oriole - female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Bullock's Oriole - female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Bullock's Oriole defending the suet from a Red-bellied Woodpecker (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Bullock's Oriole - female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Bullock's Oriole - female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)