Orchard Orioles nesting in Ajax, Ontario

Orchard Orioles Nesting in Ajax, Ontario

Orchard Oriole, male, sitting in a tree in Ajax, Ontario, Canada

On a recent day spent cycling along the Waterfront Trail from Scarborough to Ajax, Ontario, Bob and I drew up at a picnic table to have our lunch and rest in the shade.  There was lots of bird activity in the thickets of sumac, deciduous trees and shrubs that dotted the wide open space of the trail-side park.  When Bob spotted a red and black bird, it took us a few minutes to identify it as an Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius), a Lifer for us. Read more