Date: 1/23/18 11:31 am
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Streak-backed Oriole - Tucson
The oriole appeared this morning at 10:52am for about 5 seconds - it
perched on the telephone wire across the road, then flew toward the house
and disappeared.

About 20 minutes later it was spotted in the mesquite tree on the side of
the house, where it stayed for about 20-30 minutes. However, it was
impossible to see the whole bird at once, and eventually it moved and
couldn't be seen - even though it was probably still in the tree.

I heard that around 12:10p it finally came into the orange feeder and then
posed in the sun in the top of the mesquite for a minute or two.

The west side of Anderson Blvd is a convenient place to stand and scan, and
yet far enough from the tree and feeder not to flush the birds. Lots of
curious and friendly neighbors, too.


-Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

On Jan 22, 2018, at 7:06 PM, Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> wrote:

Linda Merrick photographed a Streak-backed Oriole in Tucson this morning (9
or 10 am on 1/22). She lives near Speedway & Country Club on the southeast
corner of E 2nd St. and N Anderson Blvd. She says it's been coming to an
orange tree on the west side of the house. The tree can be viewed from the
street - if you're tall enough, the feeder can be as well.

Chances are it's a wintering bird. Linda first saw it about a week ago, but
as yet a reliable pattern has not been established. The bird probably
ranges over the whole neighborhood.

Thanks to Linda for getting photos and posting them, and being willing to
have others come look for it! As it is in town, be on your good behavior
(as I know you will be) and be friendly with the neighbors, who will
probably wonder why you're there.

eBird stakeout spot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6764620

Updates appreciated!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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