Ken, I believe you have a Hooded Oriole! I've seen them once in a great while at my hummingbird feeder, most recently last Sunday. Beautiful bird!
Lake Elsinore, CA
Hi, I just joined this group, and I couldn't find anything in the
archives that answered my question. Please forgive the lack of
technical terms in my message - when it comes to birding, I'm one of
the "Unwashed Masses".
I live in El Sobrante, CA, which is in the foothills of the East San
Francisco Bay Area. I maintain a hummingbird feeder, and noticed
recently that the solution was disappearing at an unprecedented rate.
I finally caught a larger bird feeding, but have no idea what it is. I
haven't seen anything like it before. I have also seen it sipping
nectar from the flowers of a nearby Albutilon (Flowering Maple). THe
bird is slightly larger than a sparrow, and overall, it bears a strong
resemblance to the sparrow, with the following exceptions:
The beak is slender with a slight downward curve, and is about �"
long, which leads me to believe that it is a nectar-feeder. The crown
and back of the head are more rounded than a sparrow, and there is no
crest. The head and breast are bright chartreuse yellow, with the
exception of a black 'bib' under the face, about �" wide, extending
about an inch down onto the breast. There is a vague 'horizontal' (as
the bird perches) white band on the wing. It has been accompanied by
what I assume is a female, which is much more sparrow-like in
coloration, having a muted, darker green overtone on it's breast.
With it's longer-than-normal beak, it is able to feed at the
hummingbird feeder, in spite of the bee-guards. It's a clever bird -
this morning, two of the bee guards had been pulled off and were on
Thanks for any help,
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