Bullock's Oriole still here
- The female (immature? adult?) Bullock's Oriole that has been frequenting
my feeders is still here.
Generally, she shows up around 9:30 and stays til around 11 AM or so,
though she has been here later in the afternoons than that. She's eating
the peanuts and other nuts in my platform feeder which is attached to
the apartment window. She also drinks water droplets from the tops of
the other window feeders and has not yet utilized the oriole feeder I've
hung on the window.
She's got the typical olive-coloration with the eye-stripe and faint
wingbars that are as wide as a male's but much lighter in color, and an
olive-yellow tail, whitish undersides .
She chases the Pine Siskins off the feeders every chance she gets and
the Brewer's Blackbirds are usually in abundance whenever she is
nearby. House Finches are fewer in number and the American Goldfinches
have disappeared altogether. An occasional European Starling makes an
appearance, and as of yet I have not seen a single House Sparrow. (*BIG
So, to anyone who wants to cruise by and take a look:
From Main Street in Fort Bragg, if coming from the south, turn RIGHT on
Chestnut just before the Rite Aid. Go two blocks to South McPherson
(just past the Dodge dealership) and turn left. Go all the way down to
the end of the block and find a place to park. (The parking area in
front of my apartments are marked "Tenants Only" and should, of course,
The apartment complex I live in are the dark brown ones that are set in
an "L" shape which is upside-down from that perspective. I am in the
apartment closest to the dumpster, on the lower left floor. It has bird
feeders on the outer window closest to the dumpster and my porch has the
most potted flowers. (*laughing*) There's a bush beneath the window
feeders that has a bird bath resting in the top of it. Hummingbird
feeders (three) are on my front porch; two attached to the main window
and one hanging beneath my neighbor's balcony.
Or, you can call me - 964-7023, e mail me, or whatever, if you want to
see this bird. I have attempted some photographs, but the film has not
yet been used up: I am waiting for the right moment. Today I plan to
clean the window (again) for tomorrow's sighting. The bird has been here
every day since the 17th of December, without fail.
Come see her!