Backyard Orioles

Come Springtime, some Southern California back yards get a special treat: Orioles. The Hooded Oriole prefers palm trees as a nesting site; the Bullock’s Oriole will build its hanging nest in a leafy tree, its favorite being a cottonwood near water.

The young and females of both types look very similar, as do the fledglings. The female BUOR has a grayish tummy, where the HUOR female’s is yellow.

A bright orange sugar-water feeder, hung up in early Spring, will often attract a male who is scouting for a good place to set up housekeeping.