Feathers on Friday : Baltimore Oriole

I spotted a Baltimore Oriole’s nest in ย a tree this week, hanging high up from a branch. Their nests strike me as a true work of art. Cornell Lab of Ornithology says:

Baltimore Orioles build remarkable, sock-like hanging nests, woven together from slender fibers. The female weaves the nest, usually 3 to 4 inches deep, with a small opening, 2 to 3 inches wide, on top and a bulging bottom chamber, 3 to 4 inches across, where her eggs will rest. She anchors her nest high in a tree, first hanging long fibers over a small branch, then poking and darting her bill in and out to tangle the hank. While no knots are deliberately tied, soon the random poking has made knots and tangles, and the female brings more fibers to extend, close, and finally line the nest. Construction materials can include grass, strips of grapevine bark, wool, and horsehair, as well as artificial fibers such as cellophane, twine, or fishing line. Females often recycle fibers from an old nest to build a new one.

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I am always amazed seeing how the nest looks almost crocheted together- woven together and hanging from a branch, strong enough to withstand the elements so high up. I spotted a Baltimore Oriole for the first time last Spring, and was able to capture a few shots. Their stunning orange standing out in sharp contrast to the surrounding green foliage or blue sky.baltimore-oriole

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28 thoughts on “Feathers on Friday : Baltimore Oriole

  1. Thank you for the information and the photos. The Baltimore Oriole always looks so regal and proud. Their nests are incredible. I wonder if the first engineers were inspired by them or similar birds.

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  2. We had Baltimore orioles at our feeder all year this year. They were amazing. Late in the summer the adults brought their youngsters, almost all grown up, to the feeder a couple of times. It was something to see. They were quite demanding birds all summer, if the feeder was empty they sat high in the tree and expressed their displeasure. And they were immediately at the feeder as soon as I filled it. I think they watched me. I have never found the nest though. I tried to watch which way they flew when they left each time but still, have never seen the nest. Maybe it will be easier to find after the leaves fall. Thanks for showing me what to look for!

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    • How wonderful to have them in your yard feeder- I was only able to capture them on the trail where I walked-and always at a great distance. I hope you spot the nest- this one was on a leafless tree- making it stand out.

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