Hooded Orioles

Today I was walking on the Biola University campus when I heard a racket in a nearby palm tree. I looked up, and lo and behold!, four aggravated hooded orioles were swooping around an errant squirrel who had made his way too close (I suspect) to a nest. In the midst of the racket, a surprised hummingbird came darting out from the palm branches, hovered in mid-air a few feet away from the tree, and then vanished!

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds, “Hooded Orioles in California earned the nickname ‘palm-leaf oriole’ because of their tendency to build nests in palm trees. When the nest is suspended from palm leaves, the female pokes holes in the leaf from below and pushes the fibers through, effectively sewing the nest to the leaf.” It’s a beautiful, delicate thing, and I can see why the orioles wouldn’t want a squirrel to come near their artwork — not to mention their little ones.

p.s. See two flirting orioles!

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730 Birds of North America in ONE Chart

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“Dark-Eyed Junco on the Bridge” by Jane Beal

I cross over a bridge with silver railings
into another world. As I am crossing, I notice you,
sitting on silver, watching me, and my heart
goes out to you with love, little angel –

as you fall from a great height,
then catch the wind with your wings
and soar into the twilight sky over
the endless waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Jane Beal
Uncaged (in progress)

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Canadian Geese in Kalamazoo, MI

Canadian Geese with Goslings
Goldsworthy Pond * Western Michigan University * Kalamazoo, MI
photos by Deirdre Dawson

Uncaged Again

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“Songbird 3” by Amy Giacomelli

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Charlotte Smith, “A Natural History of Birds” (1807)

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A Natural History of Birds

by Charlotte Smith

(1807)

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