Tuesday, July 9, 2024

July 9, 2024

I am a Baltimore Oriole
I prefer to eat dark, ripened fruit
I eat it by "gaping"
Which is my way of breaking
Open berries to release the sweet juice.

(To quote the linked article, Baltimore Orioles "...use their slender beaks to feed in an unusual way, called “gaping”: they stab the closed bill into soft fruits, then open their mouths to cut a juicy swath from which they drink with their brushy-tipped tongues.")

Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Benton Township, Ohio

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/overview

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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