Last week one day, Dale hung up a second Oriole feeder. It had spots for orange halves and grape jelly. At one point, we saw 4 Orioles flying nearby. I've been taking pictures of them but they don't cooperate and they keep their back to the house.
It turns out that is a good thing. Compare the tail feathers! Here are snags from 11 different photos that took and I am going to guess that we have at least 11 different Orioles eating from the feeder.
These top pictures are mature males. The are the brighter, more vibrant colors.
I think that this tiny shot might be a juvenile male but I'm not sure. I do know that his tale was different.
We have a really short shepherds hood under the feeder. That seemed to make a difference. They like to land on the hook and fly up into the feeder.
Some of the pictures shaded the Orioles just a little bit too much. But this one's head is more spotted. That is an indication of a juvenile or female. Because of the bright color, I am guessing that it is an juvenile male.
There are several photos here that I'm not sure how to identify. This is either a juvenile or female.
Here is another one that is either a juvenile or female. I'm guessing a juvenile female.
I can fairly confidently say that this photo below is an adult female Oriole. She is definitely thinner and more constant colored than the juveniles.
This is either a juvenile or female. I am leaning towards a juvenile female.
Look at the scalloped tail of this male. The picture is so faded because of the lighting. I had to put the back light effect on in order to capture the bird with shading.
The moral of this story is that I was originally upset that all I was seeing was the backs of birds. But now I am excited because I can easily see the large variety of Orioles.
I am an eclectic person. I’ve broken the mold for the stereotype of what an accountant is like (as an accountant with a very creative side). I LOVE to challenge what “always has been”. Let’s look at things and think about them. Is there a "better" out there that we have missed because “it’s always been this way”? “Live, Laugh and Love” is one of my mottos. There is so much beauty in life we just need to stop and appreciate it. “Dance like no one is watching!” because the music in your head doesn’t match what’s playing for anyone else. :^)