An Oriole?

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jmcquown

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Mar 29, 2022, 5:56:17 PMMar 29
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I think this is a Baltimore Oriole:

https://i.postimg.cc/02KWCc2T/oriole1.jpg

The wing markings look right.

Another pic:

https://i.postimg.cc/FzdZDHmy/oriole3.jpg

I couldn't get him to turn so I could get a photo including his beak
before he hopped around the corner.


Jill in Southern South Carolina

Leon Fisk

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Mar 30, 2022, 8:47:19 AMMar 30
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2022 17:56:14 -0400
jmcquown <j_mc...@comcast.net> wrote:

>I think this is a Baltimore Oriole:
>
>https://i.postimg.cc/02KWCc2T/oriole1.jpg
>
>The wing markings look right.
>
>Another pic:
>
>https://i.postimg.cc/FzdZDHmy/oriole3.jpg
>
>I couldn't get him to turn so I could get a photo including his beak
>before he hopped around the corner.

Hi Jill,

Maybe Eastern Towhee:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/overview

Pretty bird, whatever it its ;-)

--
Leon Fisk
Grand Rapids MI

jmcquown

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Mar 30, 2022, 6:05:51 PMMar 30
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Thanks, Leon! Yes, it's a pretty bird. :)

Jill

jmcquown

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Mar 30, 2022, 6:07:24 PMMar 30
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On 3/30/2022 2:48 PM, Laine wrote:
> jmcquown wrote:
>
>> I think this is a Baltimore Oriole:
>>
>> https://i.postimg.cc/02KWCc2T/oriole1.jpg
>
> Leon is correct, it's a Towhee. Northern Orioles are _really_ orange
> -- as in Dayglo ;-)
>
> You'll rarely see an Oriole on the ground, whiereas it's unusual to
> see a Towhee anywhere else. They like scuffing around in leaves and
> stuff, like this one is doing.
>
Thank you, Laine. :)

> Do you have a field guide?

I don't have a field guide. I'm mostly a look what's in my back yard!
bird watcher. :)

Jill

jmcquown

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Mar 31, 2022, 5:13:40 PMMar 31
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> Whatever works.
>
Oh, I had a field guide but it was fairly specific to when I lived in
West Tennessee. I do see some different birds here in South Carolina.

> Based on what you've posted, you get quite a variety in your back
> yard! Wish I got some of your birds ...
>
I'm jealous because the man I work for only lives about 20 miles from me
and he sees Painted Buntings! When he mentioned that I pulled up an
image online and said, "Do you mean *these*?!" He said yes, they're all
over the place. I think I may have seen a female painted bunting once
at my little birdbath but I have never seen one of the brilliant males.
He doesn't do a darn thing to attract them, either. They just show up.

Jill

Leon Fisk

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Apr 1, 2022, 4:42:12 PMApr 1
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On Fri, 01 Apr 2022 16:16:24 -0400
Laine <inv...@invalid.invalid> wrote:

>jmcquown wrote:
>
>> I'm jealous because the man I work for only lives about 20 miles from me
>> and he sees Painted Buntings! When he mentioned that I pulled up an
>> image online and said, "Do you mean *these*?!" He said yes, they're all
>> over the place.
>
>Yeah, I'm jealous too :) Painted Bunting ... sigh.

Hmm... and me three ;-)

I think we all have our own common birds though that others would be
thrilled to see. You guys have Bobolinks?

jmcquown

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Apr 1, 2022, 4:50:04 PMApr 1
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I've never seen a bobolink. I'd be thrilled to see one!

Jill

Leon Fisk

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Apr 1, 2022, 5:04:47 PMApr 1
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On Fri, 1 Apr 2022 16:49:58 -0400
jmcquown <j_mc...@comcast.net> wrote:

<snip>
>I've never seen a bobolink. I'd be thrilled to see one!

They're here late spring till mid summer to breed and then head
back to South America for winter. Have this really neat song that I've
known since I was a kid ;-)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bobolink

Leon Fisk

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Apr 2, 2022, 5:10:47 PMApr 2
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On Sat, 02 Apr 2022 16:55:35 -0400
Laine <inv...@invalid.invalid> wrote:

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>We do have Meadowlarks here, but like so many other songbirds, I
>rarely seem them anymore. So many kinds of birds have just fallen off
>the radar since I moved here (almost 30 years ago). Birds are in
>trouble.

Heard my first one of the season just a few days ago :)

Years ago I heard a Western Meadowlark but even with binoculars and
numerous attempts I could never lay eyes on it...

Funny story... years ago I was out walking (I walk a lot) in ~January.
Nasty cold, snowy day and I heard a "Meadowlark" singing. What??? no
way in January. I looked around and the only birds in sight were a
group of Starlings in the farmers feedlot. Hmm... Starlings=mimics
bingo! One of them was mimicking the Meadowlarks song. Not exactly the
same but close enough to fool me for a bit ;-)

jmcquown

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Apr 2, 2022, 6:38:48 PMApr 2
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Huh... I wasn't aware that starlings are mimics! :)

Jill
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