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Flame tanager? Rio Rancho NM a little while ago. Beautiful bird, never saw one here before :)

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I took this thru a window-the bird is about 6-7 inches, and really a bright red head-sad this pic does not do it justice...I was struck by the brightness of this lovely critter.

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17 minutes ago, Laine said:

I took this thru a window-the bird is about 6-7 inches, and really a bright red head-sad this pic does not do it justice...I was struck by the brightness of this lovely critter.

Yup, Bullock's Orioles are 6.7-7.5 inches long. Look like this? You can read a bit more about them here

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I agree with Bullock's Oriole.

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Bullock's Orioles make really cool nests. The nests are hard to see when the trees have leaves but in the Fall/Winter they are easy to spot. 🙂

P6256032......Bullock's Oriole nest

 

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On 7/11/2018 at 9:30 PM, lonesome55dove said:

Bullock's Orioles make really cool nests. The nests are hard to see when the trees have leaves but in the Fall/Winter they are easy to spot. 🙂

P6256032......Bullock's Oriole nest

 

So sad that it isn't more natural materials.

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If you think about it, going around and collecting these nests after they're finished using them would be a great way to clean things up!

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6 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

So sad that it isn't more natural materials.

I agree but I expect they use what can be easily found near their chosen nesting site. The area I live in is farm/ranch land with livestock which means a lot of tarp-cover hay stacks and thus an abundance of baling twine. 🙂

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4 hours ago, psweet said:

If you think about it, going around and collecting these nests after they're finished using them would be a great way to clean things up!

Well, it is a great idea but most of these nests are 25-50 feet off the ground and at the very tip of a branch. I often wonder how the little ones survive being tossed around in the wind...and the wind blows a lot here in the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River Gorge area. 🙂 

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13 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

I agree but I expect they use what can be easily found near their chosen nesting site. The area I live in is farm/ranch land with livestock which means a lot of tarp-cover hay stacks and thus an abundance of baling twine. 🙂

Ahh. Okay.  I see you said that there was horse hair in there too.

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58 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

Ahh. Okay.  I see you said that there was horse hair in there too.

Yes, there is horse hair in this nest and maybe even some of my hair, lol.  I've saw nests down along the river that have fishing line in them...that really disturbs me. My husband was a fisherman but he was also a good steward of our environment so he was extra careful not to leave discarded line and such for critters to get tangled up in.  🙂

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21 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

Yes, there is horse hair in this nest and maybe even some of my hair, lol.  I've saw nests down along the river that have fishing line in them...that really disturbs me. My husband was a fisherman but he was also a good steward of our environment so he was extra careful not to leave discarded line and such for critters to get tangled up in.  🙂

LOL!  One time my Mom, Dad and I freed a Robin that was stuck in fishing line.  I always try to carry a jackknife on me now. 

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