Date: 5/17/18 4:36 am From: John VanNiel <John.VanNiel...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American avocet at benning marsh now
Watching an American avocet at benning marsh. Also Dunlins and least sandpaper. Had common loon flyover, a wildlife drive first for me. 730 am
Dr. John Van Niel
Professor of Environmental Conservation
Director, East Hill Campus
Finger Lakes Community College
From: <bounce-122575830-68200558...> [<bounce-122575830-68200558...>] on behalf of Marie P. Read [<mpr5...>]
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:37 PM
To: Asher Hockett
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] oriole
Both male and female Baltimore Orioles can be pretty variable in coloration. I've watched many orioles, and I've seen yellow-looking males, and at the other extreme, I've seen quite male-like females. There is currently a pair nesting in the Newman Arboretum of which the female is very orange, dark-headed and confusingly male-like (yes, I've seen the male of the pair and he is even brighter!). In my experience the comparative blackness of the head (male) and presence of brownish coloration on the head and back (female) are good ways to tell them apart conclusively.
Enjoy these gorgeous birds!
Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY 13068 USA