17-B-2018 Baltimore Oriole
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
Joyce C. Holland
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Kootenai NWR Auto Tour Route about half-way between the starting point of the route and the first hard right turn.
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
First seen in a shrub on the left side of the route and then the bird flew to a tree across the route.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
The bird was observed about 8 AM for less than a minute. The temperature was 60 degrees, sunny and no wind. When the bird was first seen, it was in a bush about 8 feet off the ground and I was about 20 feet away. I was able to get two photos of it before it flew to the tree across the road. It landed in the tree about 18 to 20 feet off the ground and I was about 25 feet from the tree. I was able to take three photos before it flew out of sight. I did not see it through the binoculars because I was taking photos. My camera is a Nikon D5000 with a 75-300mm lens.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley 2001
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Referencing the Sibley Guide to Birds
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Birding knowledge and Sibley Guide to BirdsFif
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Fifteen years birding experience across the country.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I have been birding for over fifteen years. Intermediate level of expertise.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
I have five photos of this bird that substantiate the sighting.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Photos are of a Baltimore Oriole.
The photos verify the identification.
Another report with non-existent description, but diagnostic photos. No sign of hybridization.
Photographs are excellent.