Documentation of Orchard Oriole

Observer Information

Reporter:  Mike Henwood   
Other Observers:  none;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Orchard Oriole
First Date/Time:  6/4/2008
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  brief - just a few seconds
County:  Jefferson
Specific Location:  just south of Bear Creek Reservoir near the SE corner of the reservoir.
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


young cottonwoods and shrubby bushes on the edge of a lake.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Stokes DLS Vortex 8 x 42
Distance:  approx. 75 -90 feet
Light:  cloudy day; sun was at my back.

Description of the Bird

black head and throat; brick red or chestnut underparts; white wing bars; sharp beak. there was a Western Tanager in the same vicinity and the birds were about the same size.
Behaviors: I saw the bird only briefly. It was in some scrubby woods(young cottonwoods) near the edge of Bear Creek Reservoir. The bird flew into some scrub back towards the lake and I was not able to relocate it.
Call: n/a
Plumage: adult male breeding

Similar Species Discussion

I knew immediately the bird was a male Orchard Oriole.

Resources Used

After I returned home from the field I referred to The Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

Have seen Orchard Orioles back east. Also identified an Orchard Oriole at Escalante State Wildlife Area on a spring count once.



Additional Information

Comments: other birds in the same vicinity included a male Western Tanager, a pair of Eastern Kingbirds, a pair of Western Kingbirds, and a Gray Catbird.
Time: APPROX. 11:00 AM
Elevation: approx. 5720
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Morrison
Independent Observers:

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Date Documentation Submitted

12/29/2008 3:12:00 PM