The first target was a Bullock's Oriole. After 20 or 30 minutes of waiting in a lovely yard he showed up to survey the buffet options that his hosts had left out for him.
|Bullock's Oriole! (adult male)|
|Eating ants or drinking water?|
What a beautiful bird and a lifer for all of us except Ed! That's 3 North American Orioles down and 5 to go.
Our next stop was just up the road in Monroe, NC where a couple western hummingbird species have been spending the winter.
While we waited for them to show, we entertained ourselves by looking at a couple oddly white Carolina Chickadees that inhabit the yard.
|Leucistic (?) Carolina Chickadee|
Eventually our first hummingbird showed up...
It wasn't a stunner like the oriole was and didn't give us such prolonged views, but it was a lifer for all of us except for Nick, so we didn't care.
Bird chasing is always a risky business, but today we lucked out and swept our targets quickly! A big thanks to the hosts, Noreen George and Cynthia Hinson, for sharing their rare birds.