Posted by: atowhee | May 5, 2011

BULLOCK=BRIGHT

A male Bullock’s Oriole is spending a lot of time around the largest deciduous tree in the Ashland Dog Park.  I see what may be the beginning of the woven nest of an oriole pair.  Herewith a gallery of the guy, feeding in a small fruit tree.

This species was named by William Swainson (with his own namesakes in North America) for William Bullock, father and son.  The elder Wm. had opened one of Britain’s first natural history museums before 1820.  Then both elder and junior removed to Mexico where they explored and collected even more birds.  It is likely the specimen Swainson held in his hands in London was originally collected in Mexico, perhaps by the Bullocks.


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