Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula


eBird Checklist S71551795
Grande Ronde Road—(Apparent) Baltimore Oriole Spot
Asotin, Washington, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.0119, -117.3601 Map

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Observation details

****very rare (if pure), only 7 records from Washington. Bright yellow-orange oriole with color going all the way thru the breast, belly, and into the UTCs, which were the same color as the breast, unlike BUOR. Color brightest in center of breast. Dark wing panel and darker mantle than expected of BUOR in this plumage, some hints of dark on face eg in throat area not out of range of BUOR. Chatter noticeably, if subtly, a bit faster than BUOR, but I wasn’t able to get a recording of this. Saw on fence while driving and had one of those “am I losing it? or should I turn around?” moments- glad I turned around. Was with double digit group of BUOR and other birds foraging in berries upslope of road. Easily relocated multiple times by call and obviously different coloration. Point of checklist more or less exact. Could be a hybrid but the only thing about this bird that really suggests that to me is the upper wing bar; eyeline, dark throat etc not out of range of BAOR, somewhat serrated wing bar is potentially problematic- unsure if this is outside of BAOR range, especially because feathers are a little beat up there.

Technical Information

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
Flash did not fire
Original file size
1798 x 1356

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