Oriole-palooza!

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Baltimore Orioles are singing like crazy all over the place. I saw at least three this morning – two out by the pond and field and one up by the house.

The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch.

Who knew?…

Baltimore Orioles got their name from their bold orange-and-black plumage: they sport the same colors as the heraldic crest of England’s Baltimore family (who also gave their name to Maryland’s largest city).

Orioles are members of the Icterid family.

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