Documentation of Orchard Oriole

Observer Information

Reporter:  Polly Neldner  PO Box 358,   La Veta, CO  81055
Other Observers:  Paul Neldner, Beverly Jensen; We are the original finders and identifiers

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Orchard Oriole
First Date/Time:  5/21/2010
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  15 to 20 minutes
County:  Huerfano
Specific Location:  151 County Road 359, La Veta, CO 81055
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


stream nearby, mixed trees and shrubs

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  12X50 Binoculars, 500 mm lens
Distance:  15 ft.
Light:  Very good bright dayd

Description of the Bird

Chestnut body, with white wing bars, black head
Behaviors: Fed at our necter feeders and oranges...hid in lilac bushes
Call: None Heard
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

Arrived with other Orioles including Baltimore and Northern Bullock's

Resources Used

Sibley's Guide to Birds and Peterson's Guide

Previous Experience

Have Bullock's Orioles at our feeders every spring and summer. Have seen Orchard Orioles in Oklahoma


Notes made AFTER observation

Additional Information

Comments: We did not submit the record originally, as people told us that Orchard Orioles are not considered uncommon. Then we realized this could possibly be a 1st record for Huerfano County
Time: Morning and afternoon
Elevation: 7,000 ft
Other Dates: This bird stayed here for 3 days
Nearest Town: La Veta
Independent Observers: We are the original finders and identifiers

Materials Available

Photographer: Polly Neldner

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/28/2010 8:08:00 PM
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