Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
brief - just a few seconds
just south of Bear Creek Reservoir near the SE corner of the reservoir.
young cottonwoods and shrubby bushes on the edge of a lake.
Stokes DLS Vortex 8 x 42
approx. 75 -90 feet
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.
Plumage: adult male breeding
Similar Species Discussion
I knew immediately the bird was a male Orchard Oriole.
After I returned home from the field I referred to The Sibley Guide to Birds
Have seen Orchard Orioles back east. Also identified an Orchard Oriole at Escalante State Wildlife Area on a spring count once.
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Date Documentation Submitted
12/29/2008 3:12:00 PM