unknown bird

carolrstark(05)June 28, 2008

I seen a pretty bright yellow breasted bird with a black forehead at my humming bird feeder. It's beak was able to go down the yellow blossom on the feeder. but he didn't seem to care for what he found. :) would anyone know what kind of bird it is.

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lorna-organic

Sounds like an oriole. They like nectar, too. There are secial feeders for orioles. They like a lesser ratio of sugar to water in their feeders. You could put orange halves out for them, or some jelly. They like those.

Lorna

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 2:30PM
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carolrstark(05)

Thank you so much for your info. That little bird has been on my mind ever since he stopped by. I moved here to the country about three months ago and my love of birds is growing every time I see one that is new to me.
God bless
Carol

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 9:07AM
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lorna-organic

You are welcome, Carol. I read on another forum that while orioles are nectar lovers, it seems that perhaps they switch to feeding on insects when they have nestlings. I saw an oriole snag a moth this morning, in the twilight before the sun came up.

We have a bit in common. I moved to the country five years ago. It is a learning experience for a city gal to become a country gal! :-)

Lorna

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 12:09PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

From your description, I was thinking of goldfinch or chat, rather than oriole.

I consider orioles large, rather than small; and more orange than yellow.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 11:47AM
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lorna-organic

Hey, Joe, orioles here in central New Mexico have yellow breasts. I have seen photos of orange breasted orioles. I'm not sure which part of the US the orange beasted orioles inhabit. I don't know what a chat is. I know that orioles go to nectar feeders.

Lorna

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 9:57PM
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carolrstark(05)

Well being new to this bird watching I looked up Orioles and found a site where I was able to listen to one sing. They had their little song with a chatter afterwards. Going to this site paid off this morning because I was in my bedroom and two oriole came up to my window where a humming bird feeder hangs. The one perch where I had a very good look at it. Plus I heard them sing and chatter as they flew away from my window. As I'm looking I can see them flying around in they yard. Now seeing them I still am unsure about this other bird. It had such a long beak and the colors were so difference from the Orioles. My sister said maybe it's some kind of a woodpecker or maybe it was too early in the morning and my eyes were playing tricks on me. I'm a 61 year old diabetic and sometimes my eyes don't focus like I like them to. :) But I seen my first oriole so if I never figure out the other bird I can live with that..lol..
God bless

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 11:46AM
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lorna-organic

Somebody on the Birdwatching Forum put up photos of a Downey woodpecker sipping nectar at a hummingbird feeder. That really surprised me to see that!

It is a big thrill to be able to identify unfamiliar birds. I'm glad you scored with the orioles, Carol.

Lorna

    Bookmark   July 3, 2008 at 12:10AM
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carolrstark(05)

Well I seen my unknown bird this afternoon and it was clear enough to tell it was a male Baltimore Oriole. I was able to watch him as he darted from branch to branch. Boy they don't set long enough for a person to get a good picture. But that's alright..my mystery is over. looking at him I don't know how I though it was yellow...lol..I want to thank all who helped me put a name with this little guy.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 6:38PM
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