[CT Birds] Help Identifying Bird in Ellington

Jim Pfeifer Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com
Tue Nov 20 17:31:24 EST 2012


For anyone wondering, I communicated with Debbie, and she is out of town thru the holiday. She saw the bird on Sunday, but not at all yesterday.  Would have been a life bird for me.

Jim

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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Frank Mantlik
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:53 PM
To: Deborah McTigue
Cc: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Help Identifying Bird in Ellington

Hello Debbie,
Thank you for sharing your photos of your mystery bird. I'd say it is a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (immature male). That species is the western counterpart of our Baltimore Oriole, and occurs rarely but with some regularity in the East, including CT. It exhibits a very yellow head, cheeks and breast, black through the eye and on the throat, bold white wing bars, a pale gray back and belly. If my ID is correct, that species occurs in CT about once every 5 years or so, usually in late fall or winter.
Is your rare visitor still visiting your feeder? If so, no doubt many birders would love to come see it.

Best regards,
Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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On Nov 20, 2012, at 3:29 PM, Deborah McTigue <dimples778 at msn.com> wrote:

>
> Hi All, This is my first post to this list and I am looking for some
> help in identfying a bird. I saw it on Sunday, 11/18 at my feeder in
> Ellington. The link will take you to the pictures. My initial thought
> was a blue-winged warbler but this bird was bigger than a warbler, so
> my second thought was maybe a female Orchard or Baltimore Oriole but
> my assumption is they would have long migrated by now. Please help. I
> have always taken pictures of birds but I am finally trying to figure
> out what they are. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Debbie
> McTigueEllington
> http://debbiemc.smugmug.com/Other/Bird/26634822_2ggdf5/
>
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