[CT Birds] Possible Orchard Oriole?

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jan 10 07:46:30 EST 2015

Glenn Williams provides a possible alternative in Western Tanager. In winter in CT, that is rare but still far more likely than Orchard Oriole. Bullock's and Baltimore Orioles are also possible.  If it returns, look at the bill. If it's fairly thin, long and distinctly pointed, then its probably an Oriole. If the bill is stouter, more blunt, and yelloish/orange, then it would be a Tanager. Try to obtain photos if you can, even distant ones with a phone or a point-and-shoot camera.
Good luck.
Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT

On Friday, January 9, 2015 3:46 PM, David Rathbun via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

1/9/15 Backyard Feeder, Northford, 12:15  I had what I believe was a female Orchard Oriole at my suet feeder this afternoon. The bird was viewed twice over the course of a half hour but unfortunately I was unable to get photos of it. Coloration, size and two prominent wing bars were spot on with my Sibley and Crossley guide descriptions of the Orchard Oriole. I wouldn't expect to see this bird at this time of year but I'll leave it to those more knowledgeable than I to confirm if this was a possibility. Thanks.

Dave Rathbun

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