Orioles are a type of blackbird. Waiting until spring is in full bloom to make their entrance, they are exquisite in their sharp orange colour, which, similarly to the red cardinal, stands out beautifully, highlighting any green backdrop of trees, bushes and shrubs.
The Oriole is a unique bird with beautiful popping colours so bright that there is a radiant glow in the landscape when they inject their presence.
Found nesting in the canopy of a tree, these birds prefer the higher elevation for protecting their young. Sometimes they build their nest low, only a couple of feet off the ground in shrubs, long grass or bulrushes.
Orioles are a beautiful mix of orange and black. The most common in the northeast is the Baltimore oriole. However, there are other types, including –the orchard oriole and the Spot-breasted oriole.
Orioles can bend their tale inward and hang off the side of the feeder. This is a brilliant display of how birds can manipulate their bodies to experience dimensions humans could only dream of.
After spending significant time watching the hummingbird feeder, an interesting observation is that Orioles seem to be the only other bird around Walden pond that fly in for the sweet nectary taste of sugar water.
Sitting above the plastic flower petals of the red feeder, Orioles can be seen careening their neck down and around into the fake yellow pollen pedals to take a good long drink.
Where one is found, there are usually more around. Then, in the early morning, they can be heard with one of their signature song patterns; a whistle that is unmistakable high, low, high.
Some birds run into glass windows or doors, thinking it is an opening; the oriole seems to do this more than most birds, except for the red-winged blackbird.