Friday, March 1, 2013

Patience Paid Off

Last weekend, Barbara, Patty and I went up to Green Lane area to see the Bullock's Oriole that has been coming to some lady's feeder this winter. The Bullock's Oriole is another western bird that somehow ended up in Pennsylvania. The bird is rare for this area but has spent the past 2 winters in the same neighborhood which is odd.  We spent a few hours standing around with a crowd of about a dozen birders waiting for the bird to arrive. You guessed it, no show.  We left dejected since this should have been an easy bird to see.

Later in the week, I found myself at an appointment in Montgomery county and decided to try again.  I stood there for hours - this time alone - waiting for the bird to show up. The homeowner came out to say hello and go about her business. I  took multiple conference calls on my cell phone while standing there in the wind. I sat in the car for a few minutes to warm up.  And . . . Success!  The bird showed up at 3:30 to eat the suet and orange slices, then took off again about 5 minutes later.  This is the only decent photo that I able to get.

Bullock's Oriole

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