We participated in the Kent County Parks Discover! event yesterday at Millennium Park and had a unique experience involving an oriole.
My wife was talking to the Birds of Prey ladies so I walked over and saw an oriole in an autumn olive bush. I didn't want to interrupt, but I didn't want them to miss it either. It looked so pretty amidst the creamy white blossoms. I said, "Look, an oriole." They all exclaimed in delight.
As we watched, the oriole flew over to our display and sat watching the live honey bees.
We wondered if it saw a lunch buffet in the observation hive.
I gradually walked closer, taking pictures all the way, expecting it to fly.
Instead of flying, it perched on our honey straws and pecked at one. So, I eased the bag up and the oriole rode along. Look at the amazing colors on the bird. The breast has hues of yellow and orange I found remarkable up close.
Finally, it hopped onto my wrist where it sat for 30-40 seconds and then flew away.
It was a unique experience indeed!