Baltimore Oriole at Zoo parking

Thursday morning, there's a female Baltimore Oriole at the San Diego Zoo parking lot in the line of scattered blooming coral trees that line the edge of the lot right along the front edge of the zoo itself. The bird appeared a little before 8:00 a.m. and was still present at 8:15 when I departed, starting near the north end of the row and working south and was last in the middle section of those scattered coral trees. Be aware that there is also a dull female Bullock's Oriole present, as well as at least a couple Western tanagers. The Bullock's appeared already just after 7:00 a.m. but the Baltimore not for another half hour or 45 minutes after that. I will post photos of the Baltimore on an eBird list later today so you can see what the bird looks like, as a fair number of observers don't appreciate what some of these female Baltimores look like and may call them Bullock's. The female Bullock's that is there is very dull, with just a light yellow wash on the head and breast and a pretty distinct complete dark eyeline and dull yellow supercilium. The Baltimore is clearly quite a bit orangier, especially the breast, and has a blanker looking front section of the face. There's a very good chance this is a returning bird, as I had a similar one there last year and even perhaps the year before that.

I am currently in the process of missing the Eastern Phoebe at Morley Field.

Paul Lehman, San Diego