Date: 5/12/20 12:08 pm From: Sharon Turner <sharxxturner...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Could it be?? a Troupial/Baltimore Oriole in Danby??
Could it be?? a Troupial/Baltimore Oriole in Danby?? The car went by in the road in front of thehouse where the bird was perched, and so I didnot get to the camera in time to take a picture. I had a Baltimore Oriole earlier in theday. That was very clear to me. But this bird had a black head, a bill andeye that was black, The same size as the Baltimore Oriole yet orange at theback of the neck which would be “‘weird” for a Baltimore Oriole. I have a Peterson guide dated copyright 1980and in the “EXOTICS: Introduced birds and escapes” page 302-303 it has an exactpicture of the bird I saw. It wasidentified as number 8 “Troupial icterus icterus.” I had a good long look at the bird inbinoculars very close to the house in the sunlight, unobstructed and am sure ofthe markings on the wing too, that would be odd for a Baltimore Oriole. Could it be it is mating with the Baltimoreorioles and is now a cross? Verystrange. When I looked on the Cornellsite the teardrop shape at the eye wasn’t there, but the is no teardrop shapeon the bird in the Peterson guide I have either. Mount Tabor Pamela Coleman please be on the lookout for it. I am the only one to identify it, so I knowit doesn’t “count” as a valid sighting without a picture. I saw it about 2:00pm