Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Joseph Gubanyi

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Gubanyi, “First Documented Record of Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) in Nebraska,” from Nebraska Bird Review (December 2013) 81(4).


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During May 2013 a very cooperative Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) provided lots of excitement for Nebraska birders, becoming the first documented record for the species in Nebraska. The bird was first observed 25 May 2013 by Susie and Bill Daro at their residence in Garrison (Butler County). The Daros have several oriole feeders, and Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are common visitors. On the morning of May 25 they noted an unusual oriole visiting their feeders and, after checking the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, concluded it was a Hooded Oriole. They found this hard to believe because of the oriole's known range, so they contacted John Carlini in Lincoln, who recommended they photograph the bird. The bird stayed for 5 days and was last seen late in the day on May 29. The Hooded Oriole can be easily distinguished from oriole species known to occur in Nebraska. Given its pattern of vagrancy, it is likely that a Hooded Oriole will show up again in Nebraska and delight those who are fortunate enough to see it.