Summering in forests across the eastern half of the US, as well as up into the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, this is one of our most beautiful orioles. The state bird of Maryland, the Baltimore Oriole was named for the fact that his colors resembled the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore. They feed primarily on caterpillars, moths, beetles, ants, bugs, aphids, and woodborers, but also enjoy fruits, garden peas, and flower nectar. They will readily come to the feeder for orange halves, raisins, suet, and jelly.
Orioles are actually a member of the blackbird family, (of which there are 57 species. Grackles, meadowlarks, and bobolinks are also members of the blackbird family, along with the marshes’ ever present yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, and the infamous cowbird.).
Originally created as a woodcarving from tupelo wood. This male Baltimore Oriole, in all his breeding plumage finery, is perched on a budding White Oak branch and mounted on a pyramidal walnut base. This is the 2nd sculpture in my “Heralding Spring” series.