[CT Birds] Mystic Oriole
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 21 19:17:53 EST 2012
I had a female Baltimore Oriole at my parent's suet feeder in Mystic today (3 pm). To be honest, I can't be 100% sure of the ID as I was without binoculars and only had a few seconds of observation. The uniform yellow underparts rule out Bullock's Oriole. For some reason I thought of female Western Tanager just before it flew to a nearby tree. By the time I got my binoculars, it was nowhere to be found. I stood vigil until dark but never saw it again. I put out oranges and hope that it shows tomorrow. My parents are casual feeder birders but I gave them ID points to look for. Wish I got a better look. The beak seemed a little thick and yellowish instead of gray on the lower half. There were no orange tones to the plumage.
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