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Jun 01, 2017 00:56 |  #1

A friend texted me this morning to let me know she'd found a bird in her back yard that she was pretty sure was a young hooded oriole. I went to her place (about 35 miles away) and got about a hundred photos... several other people showed up (invited) and confirmed, everyone is 99.99% sure this is a first-year male hooded oriole. Now, those birds almost never get north of northern California or Nevada; in fact, there have only been 7 verified previous sightings in all of Washington! This would be #8... my friend is passing the information, with photos, along to the people who keep track of such things - Audubon, the "rare bird" folks at Tweeters, and the ornithology folks at Cornell University. I was positively tickled to be able to share this rare opportunity, and get some nice photos of this unusual visitor, especially since only a handful of people will get the chance to see and photograph this little guy!

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Jun 01, 2017 05:50 |  #2

Very very cool Rocky, and you got some great shots of it too.


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Jun 01, 2017 07:43 |  #3

congrats on your good fortune- I always enjoy the rare finds


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Jun 01, 2017 15:35 |  #4

Wallace River wrote in post #18368118 (external link)
Very very cool Rocky, and you got some great shots of it too.

CaptBob wrote in post #18368166 (external link)
congrats on your good fortune- I always enjoy the rare finds

Thanks, guys! It's pretty exciting to be able to get photos of a bird so seldom seen in this part of the country... I talked to my friend this morning, and she said she hadn't seen the bird again since last evening, and she thinks it may have "left the building" and moved on. If that's indeed the case, I'm really glad I got some shots of it when I did!


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Jun 02, 2017 09:45 |  #5

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That's a really great find, Rocky!

Kinda reminds me of the time a few years ago when we had the Painted Bunting up here a couple hours northeast of you.

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Jun 02, 2017 10:57 |  #6

Great shots and a great opportunity Rocky.




  
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Jun 02, 2017 15:06 |  #7

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18369110 (external link)
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That's a really great find, Rocky!

Kinda reminds me of the time a few years ago when we had the Painted Bunting up here a couple hours northeast of you.
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dm1215al wrote in post #18369172 (external link)
Great shots and a great opportunity Rocky.

Thanks! It was pretty exciting to see such an unusual and colorful visitor!


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Jun 03, 2017 14:59 |  #8

Congratulations. That would be thrilling. I was excited the first time I photographed an Orchard Oriole and that's not anywhere near as uncommon.




  
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Jun 03, 2017 15:15 |  #9

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Congratulations. That would be thrilling. I was excited the first time I photographed an Orchard Oriole and that's not anywhere near as uncommon.

Thanks! Out here, the orchard oriole is actually rarer than the hooded; orchards have only been sighted 3 times... they don't seem to come west of the Great Plains.


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