Orchard Oriole in Hayden
Nancy Merrill has a first year male Orchard Oriole coming to the feeders at her ranch east of Hayden. She is hosting a group to view the bird and go on a walk around the area tomorrow morning as part of a Yampa Valley Bird Club outing. She mentioned that other birders would be welcome to come view the bird. Her phone number is 970-276-1932.
Not surprisingly, this appears to be a first Routt County record.
Nancy’s initial identification of the bird was corroborated by Tom Litteral, Gary Nelson and Chris Wood (Cornell) from Nancy’s photos. I had a chance to see the bird this morning and I agree with the others. The clincher for me was that it was obviously smaller than the associated Bullock’s Orioles and had chestnut-colored feathers starting to show up on the upper breast. Chris noted some additional, more subtle factors that also looked good for Orchard.
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