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Bullock's oriole        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The Bullock's oriole is now a separate species; for a while it was 'lumped' with the closely-related Baltimore oriole, as there is a zone of hybridization in the northern Great Plains between the eastern Baltimore and the western Bullock's.   Regardless of taxonomy, males are flashing, brilliantly colored birds found throughout much of western North America in the summer months (in winter, most of the population migrates south of the US).   These were all photographed in California: at Santee Lakes near San Diego, in Yucaipa, at Big Morongo Reserve in the southeastern desert, in Riverside County, and at Crowley Lake in Mono County.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2016)