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Baltimore Oriole Acrobatics

This male Baltimore oriole spent an entire morning foraging for food among the opening buds of several trees. It went to great lengths to reach insects and spiders hidden amongst the foliage – even suspending itself by one leg and balancing itself with one wing while it extracted a tasty morsel from the base of a leaf. We are indebted to this colorful songbird for its dietary preference for tent caterpillars, gypsy moth larvae and fall webworm caterpillars.

4 responses

  1. Just beautiful! I think this my favorite photo so far. I love how much I learn from your blog.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  2. Lisa Grady

    Great photo Mary…I would have enjoyed seeing this!

    May 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  3. Wow what a great picture. I love the colors!!!!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  4. Shiela

    Wow, Mary, That’s THE most dramatic photograph of the Baltimore Oriole that you took! I love it! Can’t wait to see MY first for the year. Yesterday I did see my first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, right after I’d put up my feeders as you told us that they were arriving from the South. I have a friend who has marked down HER first sightings of the return of the Oriole, and each year for the past 5-6 years she has recorded their arrival, and it’s always been on May 9th!! Hmmm…

    May 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

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