Baltimore (Northern) Oriole

Most woody plants are now leafed out, making it more difficult to observe and photograph birds. This male Baltimore Oriole was singing, preening  and foraging high in a Silver Maple tree that is sporting fresh, new foliage. At maturity, this tree species is large, with multiple, wide-spreading limbs and slender, drooping branches. It’s the type of tree that a Baltimore Oriole prefers for building its nest, a neatly woven structure suspended from the tip of a branch.

The Peterson Field Guide to Birds refers to the song as “rich, piping whistles”; it’s lovely.

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