Orchard Orioles are smaller than their brighter cousins. Their dark chestnut stomach makes it easy to distinguish it from
Most birdwatchers in
Like their cousins, Orchard Orioles prefer large trees near open areas for nesting, including orchards. However, they maintain a significantly shorter nesting period than
We don’t often think of birds other than hummingbirds as being significant pollinators, but Orchard Orioles are known to be important pollinators for some tropical tree species. They consume mostly spiders on the breeding grounds, but they shift to mostly nectar and pollen in the tropics. While going after nectar, they collect pollen on their head and carry it to other plants.
A number of birdwatchers have been reporting on the progress of a pair of Orchard Orioles at the Farrell Creek access for Dead Creek in
Notable bird sightings this time of year are of uncommon breeding species in the state. In the past week, a Least Bittern was observed in West Rutland Marsh along with 17
Although outside of the usual scope of this column,
You can explore all the birds reported last week in