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#ABArare – Streak-backed Oriole – Arizona

On January 22, 2018, Linda Merrick of Tucson, Arizona, reported an ABA Code 4 Streak-backed Oriole visiting her feeder in central Tucson. The bird was first seen a week ago and may be wintering, but has not yet established a pattern for easy viewing.

The bird is coming to a feeder at Speedway and Country Club, just east of the University of Arizona campus. An eBird hotspot has been created to facilitate finding the bird and entering checklists from the site. Linda Merrick, the homeowner, is open to birders visiting her home to see this bird. Birders should note that as the bird is in town, that they should please be on their best behavior and conscious of curious neighbors.

Streak-backed Oriole is a resident along Mexico’s Pacific slope to northwestern Costa Rica. It first bred in the ABA Area near Dudleyville, Arizona, in 1993 and again at the same location in 1994, 1998, and 2002. ABA Area records come not only from Arizona and New Mexico, but also from California and Texas, and three more afield records from Mercer, Wisconsin in 1998, Malheur NWR in Oregon in 1993, and another from Loveland, Colorado in the winter of 2007-08. A Streak-backed Oriole was present for most of the winter of 2016-17 in Portal, Cochise County, Arizona.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.