Thursday, October 31, 2013

Late Baltimore Oriole...

Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) usually begin filtering into our region around the last week of April or 1st week of May. By mid September, most of them have departed, heading South. The latest dates seem to occur on Long Island especially with a few records noted at feeders in December going into January. However, late sightings seem to be expanding beyond Long Island (and please let's not get into the debate that Queens is part of LI). The latest date for this bird in Queens shows up in an eBird query, as November 24th. While this sighting, is not as late, an October bird still gets flagged as a late straggler.  It is nice to have a photo to supplement one's description.

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