Immature male Scott's Oriole, Union Sq Park, NYC - Jan 2008
Images and text copyright © Phil Jeffrey 2008
Initially found on December 4th 2007 by Lenore Swenson and Alice Deutsch, it was Ardith Bondi's pictures of the Union Square Park Oriole on Jan 23rd that ultimately led to its correct identification. Tentatively ID'd as an immature male Orchard Oriole, Seth Ausubel noted that it looked much more like a Scott's Oriole, potentially the first record for NY State. This caught a lot of people's attention, and drew a lot of people down to Union Square Park over the next few days. Also present was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the oriole has been observed feeding at the sap oozing from the sapsucker holes. This bird appears relatively tame, as you might expect for an individual that has made a temporary home in an urban park. Allowing the enthusiasm for this rare bird to die down a little, I went down to Union Sq Park on the morning of Jan 28th and took a few photos of the bird in the sun (actually about 150 of them). This is just five of the better ones. There are more at my bird photo gallery and still more waiting to be processed.
Phil Jeffrey, Jan 2008