Date: 5/1/18 6:19 pm
From: Randy <Robinson-Randy...>
Subject: Re: orioles and others
The Orchards nest here every year .
West Pulaski County

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> On May 1, 2018, at 6:13 PM, Judy Blackwell <blackwelltj...> wrote:
> For the first time in the 30 years we have lived in our present house, we have seen Baltimore and Orchard orioles. Is there a reason they are moving through central Arkansas in such large numbers this year?
> We are also curious about their breeding areas. Has anyone had either kind nesting in their yards in past years? We think we have seen a possible pair and wonder if they will stay around.
> Several years ago, we saw lots of oriole nests in the trees around the Arkansas Post visitor center, but at that time, we weren't able to tell if they were Baltimores or Orchards.
> A behavior that surprised us is their fighting; they are worse than our hummingbirds!
> We had a thrilling moment recently when a male towhee came to a feeder on the deck, and a female landed beneath a shrub nearby. We usually see only the male, and then it is from a distance.
> AND, for the third year, we have redheaded woodpeckers. This year they are coming to our deck feeder just a few feet from the "watching" window.
> As have other birders, we have had dozens of indigo buntings, one rose-breasted grosbeak (for several days), and a couple of female red-winged black birds.
> Another question: I saw a brilliantly yellow goldfinch that did not have the black cap. Was it an unusually bright female or a not-quite-feathered-out male?
> Judy Blackwell
> Benton

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