Berthoud, Colorado May 25, 2011
Please view large. Taken through window glass.
Colorado is at the very far western edge of the range of this handsome black-hooded oriole, which is slowly expanding into Colorado. The first records of its nesting in our state date from the early 1970’s. It is mainly found in summer along the South Platte and Arkansas River drainages. It differs from the Bullock’s Oriole by its chestnut body and all-black head, back and chest.
This guy was having a story-telling time with a male Bullock’s Oriole and both flew off the oranges and back several times. The sighting here in my yard was a first for me and a wonderful experience as they are not common here at all.
Olympus E-520 Zuiko Lens 70 – 300MM