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Baltimore Oriole fledgling male
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Posted By: wildman, 10-23-2016, 05:48 AM

Cute huh?

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10-23-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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Very nice. I especially like the simplicity of the three primary colours. Makes me smile. Thanks!
10-24-2016, 01:27 AM   #3
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Strange little bird, looks more like a fluffy toy. Nice to see I'm not the only one using an elderly camera.
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A very photogenic Bird..............well done.

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A very photogenic Bird..............well done.
Very much like looking at one of your flower shots - direct and simple.
Thanks all.

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Looks like a mature, adult male in Definitive Alternate (breeding) plumage, rather than a fledgling. The rictal area of the bill (corner of the mouth) would be swollen in a fledgling. Also, the crown would be brown, and the throat, breast and belly would be pale orange.
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Looks like a mature, adult male in Definitive Alternate (breeding) plumage, rather than a fledgling. The rictal area of the bill (corner of the mouth) would be swollen in a fledgling. Also, the crown would be brown, and the throat, breast and belly would be pale orange.
I don't disagree with that - especially the bill seems to be fully adult.

The problem is that I saw this very same bird being fed by another full adult male.
All this was going on right in front of me from my front porch at the cabin.

Who knows - perhaps it will just have to remain one of those mysteries of bird development.
I did consider adding a question mark to the end of the title of this thread but I thought it would just confuse non-birders.

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I don't disagree with that - especially the bill seems to be fully adult.

The problem is that I saw this very same bird being fed by another full adult male.
All this was going on right in front of me from my front porch at the cabin.

Who knows - perhaps it will just have to remain one of those mysteries of bird development.
I did consider adding a question mark to the end of the title of this thread but I thought it would just confuse non-birders.
This bird might be an adult female that we being fed by the male as part of the courtship ritual. When I went to grad school, a fellow grad student was studying delayed plumage maturation in the Baltimore Oriole. She found that adult female breeding plumage varied greatly, with a small minority of females having a plumage virtually indistinguishable from the adult breeding male. This is unfortunately something not mentioned in books of field guide to identification.

I`m pretty sure that juveniles in Juvenal plumage are never that brightly coloured.

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This bird might be an adult female that we being fed by the male as part of the courtship ritual.
Another possibility. Sometimes when the adults are parenting young ones they try to feed anything in sight especially around a crowded backyard feeder where I think they just get confused because that feeding instinct is so strong. I've seen an adult Male Grosbeak feeding sunflower seed to young House Sparrows and Grackles.

In any case I still have some connections with US Fish and Wildlife people and a birding friend there who is a specialist in Eastern woodland birds. I'll send him this pic and see what he thinks and let you know PM.
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