English and Scientific names:

Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii

Number of individuals: 

One male, adult to near-adult plumage

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Jefferson Parish

Specific Locality:

Observer was in back yard of 5617 Parkaire Drive; Metairie, LA.  Bird was in neighbor's tree, about 75-100 ft away.

Date(s) when observed:

November 29, 2006

Time(s) of day when observed:  

about 8:00am

Reporting observer and address:

Beth Wiggins

Metairie, LA 

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


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Posted link to digital photos on LABIRD, requesting confirmation

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

Bright, sunny morning.  Bird perched in very top of tree, clear of foilage, facing generally south.

Optical equipment: 

Cannon EOS 20 D digital camera with 200mm telephoto lens and 2X extender (essentially providing 400mm range)

Distance to bird(s): 

approximately 75-100 ft.

Duration of observation:

Bird was probably in top of tree for no more than 5 minutes before being observed and flew within 2 minutes of being observed.


Urban/suburban back yard.  Elm in which bird was perched was very large, and only nearby trees were significantly smaller.

Behavior of bird: 

Bird was resting and observing.  Sighting was several days after a fall front moved through the area and a day before another front moved through.


Reference digital photos.  Large white patch on wing and yellow up into side of head distinguished it from Baltimore and Orchard Orioles.


None heard.

Similar species:

Again, referencing digital photos, large white patch on wing and yellow on side of head distinguished it from Baltimore and Orchard Orioles.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Digital photos taken by observer. 

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Initially referenced Peterson guide, Birds of Eastern and Central North America.

after observation: = Other birders (LABIRD) seeing digital photos.

This description is written from: 

Digital photos and memory of lighting conditions.

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




Beth Wiggins

Date and time: 

November 30, 2006