There are five photos on this page. As with our page on
Cedar Waxwings, although
most of our gallery pages are designed wherever possible to give
you an idea of how a bird of each species develops from nestling
to adult, this page shows examples of two separate happy recoveries
from traumatic injuries.
First-Year Female Out of Season
First-Year Female, Out of Season
(three photos and some text)
1. First-year female Baltimore
recovering from cat attack
Baltimore Orioles usually spend their winters far
south of New England. However, this first-year female Baltimore
Oriole showed up in the middle of winter in Westport, Massachusetts,
where she found little or no food and was attacked by outdoor
cats. Although admitted in very bad condition, she was successfully
treated, and here you can see that she fully recovered from her
many infected wounds.
2. Female Baltimore Oriole,
belly view, wounds have healed.
3. Female Baltimore Oriole,
healthy, alert and recovered from cat attack,
Fledgling in Summer
(two photos and some text)
1. Fledgling Baltimore Oriole that
has recovered from a cat attack, front view
2. Fledgling Baltimore Oriole that
has recovered from a cat attack, side view
Baltimore Orioles are members of the Icterid family of
birds, and related to the Red-Winged Blackbird. Orioles eat caterpillars
and other insects found on leaves, and are also fond of oranges.
Their nest is a woven hanging basket, generally found high in
trees. Baltimore Orioles seem especially susceptible to pesticides
sprayed for gypsy moth and mosquito control.
The fledgling in these two photos was brought to us after
being bitten by a cat. It was successfully treated and released.
Note the blue legs, a characteristic feature of this species!
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