#94 - Baltimore Oriole (1)

OMG.  Do I love this mint green and hot pink together.  Makes me want to paint my walls!

Today I picked the Baltimore Oriole because as you know, I am a color addict and the Oriole is one of the most colorful birds to grace my yard.

I do not get many Baltimore Orioles.  The only place I have ever seen them is in my Japanese Quince bush.   I can’t think of anything more glorious than the bright orange & black bird against the coral & hot pink flowers. YOWZA!  If you are looking to plant a decorative bush, the birds love the Quince.  It is very dense and bramblly which creates protection for the birds. The flowers are gorgeous in the spring, it grows a small fruit the birds love and it has a pretty leaf.

So, I did a little research on the Baltimore Oriole.  Did you know how it got it’s name?

Of course I thought of the city in Maryland right?… – WRONG.

Baltimore Orioles got their name from their bold orange-and-black plumage: they sport the same colors as the heraldic crest of England’s Baltimore family.

Huh.  Based on a family crest.  You learn something new every day!

The other thing I learned, was to leave oranges out by your bird feeder to attract Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore Oriole are particularly interested in oranges. Photo: Deborah Jean Cohen

I did not know this.  Give it 2-3 more weeks and I’ll have oranges all over my yard!

With the coming of spring I get so excited.  I certainly hope to attract some of these fine feathered beauties.

#94 - Baltimore Oriole (2)


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