Baltimore Oriole - Graphite on Paper
Copyright 2009, Nicole MacPherson
Baltimore Orioles are amazing birds! After a looooooong winter, I can't wait til they arrive - if they arrive! We had Orioles in 2004, then not again until 2008 and this year, always in the last half of May. Sugar water, oranges and suet are their favorites, but we had one male using our peanut feeder one year - doing his best impression of a woodpecker! Every year, I hope that a pair will stay put and nest in our area, but they never do. Not that I blame them - the city is a tough place to raise children!
This individual was sitting atop the feeder hanger, and had fluffed up against a spring chill.
It seems like a funny thing to do, to draw such a colorful bird using shades of grey!