Mostly because of this female Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula). She was repeatedly outside my shop window, searching for nesting material (except when Marie came by to see her, then she was AWOL.)
The name – how did they get it? It’s not as if they are confined to that area, they nest over more than half of the US and into Canada. Spend half the year in Central America. So I looked it up on Cornell’s site, I got this:
“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).”
She was right below my window, sampling the bark leftover from last year’s milkweed. In the end, she pulled & pulled lots of it – but I didn’t see her take any of it away.
This is a typical feeding posture for these birds – Thoreau referred to them as “fiery hangbirds”, a more colorful name than Baltimore oriole. He also called them “golden robins.”
She wasn’t the only one scouting around for nesting material. This house sparrow (Passer domesticus) was around again & again with various materials to line the box fixed to the side of the shop.
Here’s a link to Cornell’s site – it’s where I snag all those scientific names for the overseas readers – good info all around, maps, sounds, etc. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/overview
a cupboard-prep video coming tomorrow.