English and Scientific names:

Bullock's oriole Icterus bullockii

Number of individuals: 

1 adult male, in breeding plumage


East Baton Rouge

Specific Locality:

Shenandoah subdivision, suburban Baton Rouge, LA

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

Intermittent, mostly morning

Reporting observer and address:

John Lovelace
Baton Rouge, LA

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Wendy Lovelace

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Dennis Demcheck, from telephone description 2/13/10 and photographs.

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

full sun behind observer's back

Optical equipment: 

Nikon 7 X 50, excellent condition

Distance to bird(s): 

25 feet

Duration of observation:

best observation and photos--10 minutes, intermittent throughout next two days


Ligustrum hedge and citrus tree.  Visited hummingbird feeder hanging in an Orchid Tree.

Behavior of bird: 

Feeding at hummingbird feeder (Perky-Pet 4 fountains)and resting


Multiple excellent views as the bird came to the feeder:  head, body, back -- all seen in good light at short range.  As the bird came to the feeder the size was easy to estimate.


No vocalizations.

Similar species:

Baltimore oriole eliminated by excellent views of head (black stripe through eye on bright orange face) and large white wing patches.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

4 photographs by John Lovelace.

Previous experience with this species: 

Multiple views of wintering Baltimore orioles.  This was clearly different.

Identification aids:

National Geographic Birds of North America
Petersons Field Guide
National Audubon Society Birds of the Eastern US

This description is written from: 

Description from memory 2/13-15 and checking photos taken 2/13/10

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Yes this one was easy.

Date and time: 

Feb. 16, 2010  2:17