Friday, May 18, 2012

Today's Bird: Altamira Oriole

Today's bird is the Altamira Oriole.  They're America's largest oriole, checking it at about 10 inches tall.  Like the Kiskadee, they're a Rio Grande Valley specialty bird.  This is pretty much the only place you can see them.  When I went up to King Ranch to see the owl, even that was too far north.  This is where they're from.  They're great feeder birds (they like peanut butter and seed) so they're pretty easy to photograph at the different parks around here.  But this pair is building a nest on a power line at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco.  The nest will dangle down like a little purse...the next time I'm there, I'll try to get a picture of what it looks like completed.  I took this picture on March 31, 2012.

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