Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Name this uncommon breeder answer

In this post I asked you what this uncommon Connecticut breeding bird was. It is not rare, but it is definitely not one you see often. Here is the first photo again...

Followed by another photo that should really help you out.

Still stumped? If so that may be because this species has different first-year plumage for a male bird. This guy was born last year, and only next year will he look like the Orchard Oriole he should. Nevertheless, he was able to get a girl this season.

They are nesting yet again this year at Stratford Point, and after seeing a female carrying food this weekend I was able to confirm they have young. It feels like they only just arrived! If you stop by you will be able to hear this guy singing away most of the day along the U.S. Coast Guard property adjacent to Stratford Point. Occasionally he moves over to the pines lining the driveway or other larger trees behind the buildings.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photos © Scott Kruitbosch and not to be reproduced without explicit permission

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