Pedro-Maria’s White Christmas, Colorado’s First Streak-backed Oriole

Has it really been a year?

December 8th, 2007 we had a very special visitor come to our yard. A Streak-backed Oriole, who was nick-named Pedro-Maria. This lovely, lost bird spent about 26 days at our feeders and in our yard to the delight and amazement of over 400 people. Many of those friendly folks came back twice for another look.

I have been so blessed by this little bird and the people I’ve come to know and become friends with because of her.

Pedro – Maria avoided near daily Sharp-shinned Hawk ambushes, vocalizing at least two times that I heard because of it. She shared feeders with Northern Flickers, RW Blackbirds, Starlings, Juncos and others. She visited every feeder and tried every food I put out for her. She endured cold temperatures the lowest being -5 degrees one night. She posed handsomely and patiently for the many birders who came to see and photograph her.

I’m watching out my windows closely now, always anticipating another surprise. I’ve changed my feeding habits and keep meal worms and grape jelly and other goodies out all winter. If I see something not quite right, I don’t dismiss it but take another look. I’m especially aware of the weather and watch my feeders diligently whenever a winter storm is brewing. What will possibly drop in on us next?

I’m humbled to have been a host for such a fine bird. And for such fine people that came to visit her.

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4 Responses to Pedro-Maria’s White Christmas, Colorado’s First Streak-backed Oriole

  1. Beverly says:

    What a delightful story! I’d heard about your oriole just as I began birding…but didn’t come to see it. I was, however, quite intrigued and recently posted the story from the NY times on my blog!

    I’m tickled pink to find you keep one too…and to read what you see on Cobirds (which I’m embarrased to say I only just discovered!)

    One question…who eats jelly this time of year?

  2. dAwN says:

    What a great story…I hope some other lucky bird finds your feeders.

  3. Rare Orioles if they show up!

  4. Beverly says:

    Doh! but of course! LOL

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