Orchard Oriole

Icterus spurius

ML72194281



eBird Checklist S39940297
Refugio SB
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 34.4644, -120.0695 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

At first glance, I thought this bird was a Yellow Warbler - yellow underparts with yellow going through the tail, brownish/olive back. No distinct facial markings (no supercilium, eyeline, masking, distinct auriculars, etc.). I soon realized the bird was not a warbler - slightly larger than a warbler, tail seemed longer. Tom, who was birding next to me, hypothesized Orchard Oriole. We ruled out Western Tanager because the bird did not have an orange-based bill or yellow wing bars. Probable Orchard Oriole based on small size (photo compares size to a sparrow), bill shape (not as decurved as Hooded), coloring (no orange like other orioles). Unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph before the bird began bathing. Bird seen from small stone bridge overlooking the creek (facing the ocean). The bird did not vocalize.

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P610
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
161.2 mm
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
ISO
400
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
538KB
Dimensions
2029 x 1521

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