[CT Birds] Possible oriole at Mystic feeder - immature, or maybe a female Bullocks??

Jim Pfeifer Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com
Tue Feb 9 11:47:11 EST 2016

Nice shots, carol.  I think this is an adult female Bullocks, but with the variability one can see in the 1st year female Baltimore, can't rule that out.  Scapulars seem to have the brownish 1st year female Baltimore look, but with the extensive yellow on the head, my money is on female Bullocks.  I am curious what the experts will say.....


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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Carol Ansel via CTBirds
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:20 AM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Possible oriole at Mystic feeder - immature, or maybe a female Bullocks??

Had a very unusual visitor on my mealworm feeder as I was about to head out the door for work today. Grabbed my camera out of the bag and dashed off a bunch of shots before the bird flew from the bird bath. I checked my bird book (I’m afraid I’m still a Peterson’s girl) and the best match I could see was oriole - and judging by the white on the belly it said immature Bullocks to me - the book says “stragglers occur in winter along eastern seaboard, especially at feeders”
It doesn’t really have the dark eye line, but the belly is definitely not yellow. Peterson also says they sometimes hybridize.
Looking at the All About Birds entry leaves me undecided - the rest of my books are at home and i’m at work.

Check out the pix and let me know what you think.


Carol Ansel

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