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Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

 

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credit: Dan Pancamo/CCSA

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Migration Info Orchard Orioles arrive on the U.S. Gulf coast in late March or early April, with the largest concentrations occurring from eastern Louisiana to northwestern Florida. Most of the migratory birds of the eastern United States show a more or less clockwise annual pattern, moving north in spring on a westerly track and south in the fall along the Appalachians or the Atlantic coast. Orchard Orioles, on the other hand, take a more easterly route in spring than in fall. This may be partly related to the fact that the Orchard Oriole's "fall" migration takes place well before the onset of autumn weather patterns; these birds move south during midsummer and can be found in large flocks in Mexico by mid-July.

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