Sunday, June 09, 2013

Hooded Oriole nest and chick

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) nest and chick.  The orioles nest in the banana tree every Spring, carefully weaving grass fibers through holes punched through the leaf.  The leaf is strong enough to hold up the nest and chick but too flimsy for a predator such as a raven to perch upon.  This chick was just starting to show a little yellow coloration and will probably be up and out of the nest soon.

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