[Tweeters] Orchard Oriole Samish Island

Howard Armstrong godwits at wavecable.com
Tue Nov 6 18:56:52 PST 2007


This morning Joel Brady-Power spotted an oriole on the weekly bird walk that
I lead on Samish Island. The oriole was very flighty and flew frequently
giving us decent views but limited chances for photos. Despite this, May Sue
Dallas managed 2 shots through my scope. I have not yet seen the shots to
see how good they are. We managed to find the bird several times after it
flew as it usually perched at the top of trees. At one point it was in the
same small tree as a House Finch and seemed a little bit longer: basically,
the tail was an inch or so longer seeming to be the only difference.

Ruling out Hooded is obviously difficult, but we felt on size that it was an
Orchard. Joel and I tried again in the afternoon. Ryan Merrill joined us but
the bird stayed out of sight until c 3:30. We were unable to get additional
photos. I intend to try again tomorrow weather permitting.

Howard Armstrong
Samish Island
mailto:godwits at wavecable.com
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