First Oriole of the season

March 7, 2020

Spring migration has officially begun!

I got a quick shot of a Hooded Oriole today — my first 2020 season sighting. He was a beautiful mature adult male. A first-year male’s body plumage is yellowish-orange, as opposed to second year and older males (like this one) which have bright orange plumage.

Like all orioles found in the Americas, Hooded Orioles are neotropical migrants and reside in the family Icteridae, which contains meadowlarks, grackles, cowbirds, oropendolas, and caciques.

Hooded Oriole – Icterus cucullatus

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