[CT Birds] Hammonasset Orioles...an interesting turn of events

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Tue Dec 1 18:52:53 EST 2009

As Nick Bonomo mentioned, we found six orioles at Hammo on Sunday morning. 
Nick says this flock has been around for about 10 days.  In the flock, an 
adult male oriole struck us as a bit odd.  Several characters, increased 
white in the greater wing coverts, a hint of white in the lesser coverts, 
orange on the sides of the neck, an elongated "beard" below the black hood, 
and orange bases to the rectrices with dusky tips and a reduced amount of 
black, all point to this being a hybrid Baltimore X Bullock's Oriole. 
Sutton illustrated some of these forms in a 1938 AUK article and the Hammo 
bird matches these very well.  A gallery of images including the hybrid 
adult male with a selection of the other orioles present is below.


Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net 

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