|Baltimore oriole at water bath.|
Copyright: Kathy Adams Clark
Several weeks ago a very beautiful orange and yellow bird, about the size of a mocking bird, lit on one of my humming bird feeders. I was mostly orange with yellow on the breast. The closest thing I found in my Texas books was the Altamira Oriole. I don’t remember the dark wings and tail, but I only saw it for a few seconds before it gave up on the feeder and flew off. Any Ideas?
The orange bird at your hummingbird feeders was probably a winter plumaged Baltimore Oriole migrating to Southern Mexico or to Central or northern South America. Altamira Orioles are a Mexican species that occur in the Rio Grande Valley, and I know of no records of that species showing up much farther north.