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Kevin,

Was the bird not making any noise for you?  I find the Orchards as of lately (because they live in and around my new place in numbers) to be rather easy to identify by way of their calls and songs as compared to the other Orioles at this point...(they have the little red-winged blackbird type chirp call, then the eastern bluebird type slurry whistle call, etc.)

I'm not the best with female Oriole visual IDs TBH, but looks like your other two options for the area are limited to Baltimore and Bullock's, and this doesn't look like either of those to me, so Oriole for me here.

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I can't nail down why, but this just doesn't strike me as an Orchard Oriole. The head shape just doesn't feel right to me. It could be my imagination or limited experience, but I picture an Orchard Oriole with more of a rounded head creating more of an angle between the forehead and bill. Not claiming to know the ID, just thinking out loud.

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13 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

I can't nail down why, but this just doesn't strike me as an Orchard Oriole. The head shape just doesn't feel right to me. It could be my imagination or limited experience, but I picture an Orchard Oriole with more of a rounded head creating more of an angle between the forehead and bill. Not claiming to know the ID, just thinking out loud.

Same here, and I have nesting Orchard Orioles in my front yard. Up

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38 minutes ago, Caley Thomas 2.0 said:

Was the bird not making any noise for you?

It was, I didn't even think about that at the time, I have never heard their calls before, just the males singing. I'll check it out. 

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