Bird #262 — Hooded Oriole

icterus (jaundice) cucullatus (hooded)

Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 10:50 am

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona

This was one of the strangest lifer sightings I’ve ever had.  I followed my family into the aviary.  After walking around a while, we sat on a bench and enjoyed the Arizonan and Mexican birds that were all around us.  As we were sitting there, I noticed a Hooded Oriole foraging slowly branch to branch in a small tree outside the aviary.  It was loose.  We were in a cage!

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