Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hooded Arizona Oriole

Last weekend, Dr Desert Flower and I spotted an immature male Hooded Oriole at our hummingbird feeder..  The Hooded Oriole (not a Baltimore Oriole, no, they don't come to Phoenix) has a curved beak that let's it dip into the crevice of one of our nectar feeders between the glass bottle and the metal base.  The mass of the Oriole seriously shakes the feeder, and the red sugary liquid was dripping all over our patio deck, so I had to move it much further away from the patio as the ant intrusion was more than annoying.

Later, on Monday night as I was catching up on Game of Thrones on our DVR near sunset, with a bottle of Monte Ducay, I saw the same Oriole drinking from the flowers atop the sculpted ocotillo just outside the living room window (and about 4 feet from the edge of the LCD Sharpe Aquos). Visually, the Oriole slightly resembles a mocking bird in size, shape, and coloring somewhat, but is not as vociferous as a mocking bird.  

It's nice to be able to see a wide variety of species in my own back yard.

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