Image title: “Stranger in town.”
Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images
Photographed in Seaside, Oregon (very rare to see a Baltimore Oriole west of the Rocky Mountains)!
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Q: Why is it a rare sighting to find a Baltimore Oriole in Seaside, Oregon, you ask?
A: Most commonly sighted in central North America—including Kansas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. On a rare occasion, a straggler crosses the Rocky Mountains to survive the winter in the upper coastal area of the United States!
Baltimore Orioles usually winter in Central America, where they occupy open woodlands, gardens, and shade-grown coffee and cacao plantations. On their breeding grounds in eastern and east-central North America, you’ll most often find Baltimore Orioles high in leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests; they prefer open woodland, forest edge, river banks, and small groves of trees. They also forage for insects and fruits in brush and shrubbery. Baltimore Orioles have adapted well to human settlement and often feed and nest in parks, orchards, and backyards. They frequently visit flowering trees and vines in search of fruit and nectar. –www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/baltimore-oriole
Baltimore Oriole map (first sighting reports 2018).