There are some berry bushes on the east bank of the Elbow River, a little bit south of where it forks from the Bow River. On Sunday afternoon, they were alive with a variety of bird visitors – Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-capped Chickadees, Cedar Waxwings, American Robins and a few other birds I couldn’t identify or photograph. Oh yes, and there were two Baltimore Orioles!!! Big, orange berry-eaters I’d never seen before.
I’d looked up Orioles on All About Birds on Saturday night. Laura (of Create Art Everyday) posted a lovely drawing of a Hooded Oriole that morning. So I wondered if any Orioles ever came to Alberta. Based on the All About Birds maps, only the Baltimore Orioles are known to travel to this part of North America. And the next day, they appeared like magic!
Another Calgary birder who wanted to see Baltimore Orioles put orange slices in his backyard. He posted some cute photographs.
Can you spot both Orioles?
After eating, they both found a place to rest. They stayed on these open perches for quite some time and were still there when I left.