Yesterday morning I did a Little Sit at my community of Avimor's greenbelt trail along Spring Valley Creek. Basically, I sat in the same spot for over an hour, hidden a bit by the willows, and let the birds come to me. It was pretty cool! I started right off with half a dozen Cedar Waxwings, four Western Kingbirds, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and several Yellow Warblers right over my head. Later came the Yellow-breasted Chats (which I'll feature in an upcoming post) and the Bullock's Orioles. The color of yellow-orange on a Bullock's Oriole is part of what sparked my interest in birds and it amazes me every time I see. I can only describe it as a flame of color.
Three female orioles flew into the bush right in front of me. Suddenly, two males came in to check out the ladies. It was awesome to be so close and watch the males try to establish dominance over one another while the females all cackled.
The image above was cropped, but you just have to see what I cropped out!
And then they sparred.
And then there was one.
I didn't know Bullock's Orioles did some flycatching too, but if you look closely you can see the bug in the air just a little bit above and in front of the oriole in flight.
The less brilliant, but always lovely, female Bullock's Oriole.