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Help with Bird ID

This is a discussion on Help with Bird ID within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This nectar drinker has been visiting my hummingbird feeder this year. As far as I ...

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    This nectar drinker has been visiting my hummingbird feeder this year. As far as I can tell there is only one. Can you help ID him/her? Thanks in advance

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    Hard to tell from these photos. Is the breast a bright red? Or more of an orange color? If orange, could be Baltimore Oriole, although I suspect that since they're on a humming bird feeder, they're smaller than the Oriole.

    Grosbeak might be another possibility. That's another largish bird though too.

    Both would be about 8.25 inches long.

    I'll keep looking in my Sibley's and see if anything else looks closer, but it would help if you could tell us the approximate size, and any other distinctive markings, etc.


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    Thanks Anne, the color is exactly as the photo, kind of a cross between rust and a brownish orange. Appreciate any help.

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    It's now driving me crazy. LOL I'm still leaning towards some type of Oriole, as they are nectar eaters (along with fruit, and insects). There are many different types of Orioles though, so it's kind of hard to narrow down.

    Hopefully, someone will come along with some better ideas. I hate it when I can't ID a bird. Unfortunately (or fortunately), birds are like people, and don't always fit the mold.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RichLeighton View Post
    I am 100% sure that these are eastern towhees (Pipilo erythrophthalamus). Strange, because they are seed eaters....
    Rich, I thought Towhee at first too, but the nectar feeding is what's throwing me.


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    Looks like an oriole to me..............

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    Could be a northern oriole.
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    It is an adult male Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius. Towhees have tricoloured underparts, chestnut flanks, whitish belly and buff undertail.

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    Yes, it's an Orchard Oriole. The Eastern Towhee has a very distinct white patch on the breast that this bird does not have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    It is an adult male Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius.


    I second the vote for Orchard Oriole. They are a little smaller than other types of orioles.

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