Extremely Yellow Hooded Orioles are Back in Golden Gate Park

I don’t know where these little yellow fellows go the rest of the year, but these days they’re in Golden Gate Park.

So if you see a flash of bright orangey-yellow up in the air, it very well could be a hooded oriole.

Here’s one at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from a few years back. This male has a blush of orange as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

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(Or you might spot a similar-looking yellow-headed blackbird around town, but probably not.)

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

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168 Responses to “Extremely Yellow Hooded Orioles are Back in Golden Gate Park”

  1. Ray Collins says:

    Watched close-up one large male visit my yard this morning in Los Altos! Have never seen one before. What a treat! 4/30/2010

  2. sfcitizen says:

    The males are very vivid, huh….

  3. pmboisvert says:

    I see a male regularly in the brush on my hill south of Sebastopol. Never seen one before and assumed it was someone’s lost house pet. Spectacular color! 5/7/10

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Yes, they really stand out….

  5. jleritz says:

    I saw one yesterday (5/15/10) in my backyard for only a few seconds before he left again. I’ve been here 23 years and he was the first. Such bright yellow! Beautiful bird.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    Testify. They’re as brightly colored as parrots…

  7. jleritz says:

    Forgot to say that I live in the extreme outer Richmond district (48th avenue) a block from Golden Gate Park and two blocks from the beach.

  8. thughes says:

    I live in Redding, CA and they have been building nest year after in my fan palm since 2004. I look forward to their return every spring.

  9. Eileen says:

    There is a pair of hooded Orioles who’ve been nesting every spring behind my house in Terra Linda, San Rafael for the last three years. They are so fun to watch – I hear them calling to each other early in the morning and later in the day as they feed high up in the oak trees. They are quite vocal. I thought I saw a third one yesterday so I think the babies are out of the nest but I cant find their nest – we have quite a few palms in the neighborhood. Usually they feed quite high up in the trees but to my amazement, yesterday I saw them feeding (?playing) in my orange daylilies next to my front driveway.

  10. Carole says:

    I live in the foothills of Woodland Hills. I spotted a nest 3 weeks ago in one of my 75 foot fan palms. I can look at it almost directly out of my hillside home windows and have been watching the pair of hooded Orioles fly back and forth every minute to feed the babies this morning( can’t see the babies yet.) The male is not as bright as the one in S.F. so he must be young. They are very vocal, especailly the young when the adults come back to the nest. This has been a treat to watch them and discover their species.

  11. Linda says:

    I have what I think is a yellow hooded oriole coming to my back yard pond in West Los Angeles for the last month or so. I have 2 palm trees, in fact, I live in a neighborhood near Culver City called “Palms”. It looks exactly like the picture on this site. Didn’t see anything about size. This bird is not small, about the size of a jay. What an intense color, like a parrot.

  12. Wendy says:

    A few have been spotted at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon. They have been hanging around the Sanctuary for several weeks now.

  13. Miranda says:

    I had the pleasant surprise of seeing this bird today in the high branches of our neighbor’s yellow plum tree in Oakland/ Emeryville, Ca area. This bird chirped very similar to the squirrels in the area, so it was a great surprise when I noticed this bird vs a squirrel in the branches. Thank you for the posting on this sight. It was great to be able to find an answer to what the mystery bird was. Cheers!

  14. kimo says:

    thanks for this post, you helped me figure out what kind of bird this is that is chasing the scrub jays around in my garden here in San Francisco. I have never seen birds (other than maybe big crows) go after these jays before as they are pretty aggressive themselves!

  15. Michael says:

    I am seeing one of these at my hummingbird feeder in Morgan Hill, CA. We, too, thought it was someone’s lost pet. But, when I see it fly, it obviously is accustomed to the wild and flies like it knows its way around.

  16. esteban says:

    One observed this morning in our large North Berkeley back yard for about 10 minutes. Spectacular. He was very actively exploring in apricot, apple, fig, and orange trees after a brief exchange with a red squirrel in the fig tree. I do not recall seeing him here before.

  17. gail says:

    Watched a pair eating blackberries off the hedge in my ard in Sonoma this afternoon. fabulous site.

  18. Cheryl says:

    We’ve been seeing a male and female around our yard for about 2 weeks and have been wondering what type of bird they are. We’re in Corte Madera. The neighbor kitty-corner from us has 2 large palm trees and I’m guessing that’s where the nest is. It has been a treat to watch them come around every day.

  19. Gloria says:

    We have had at least one pair all summer at our hummingbird feeders. The kids seem to be flocking up, I counted 8 birds on 3 feeders this afternoon. I’m in the foothills east of San Jose.

  20. Cameron says:

    Wow! What is that?! Just saw one happily hopping around in the trees outside my window. (The north side of Bernal Heights in SF.) Beautiful!

  21. Paul says:

    I live in Alamo on hills adjacent to Mt Diablo State Park and I have a pair (male and female) who visit my hummingbird feeders several times daily (I leave one bee guard off each feeder to allow larger birds to feed if they wish).

    They first arrived in the area last year (I’ve lived in Alamo for 35 years and never seen them before on a regular basis) and are a nice addition.

  22. Nick says:

    We live in Chico (northern Sacramento valley) and have had 2 pairs of them feeding at our hummingbird feeders this summer. But in the last 3 days we have not seen them…hoping they are ok, perhaps on their way to Mexico.

  23. Lron says:

    We have a nest full of chicks in our yard near LAX SO CAL.

  24. Mike says:

    we have a pair that feeds out of our humming bird feeder every day. Thousand Oaks,Ca. So Cal Ventura County

  25. Phil says:

    I live in Winnetka, CA, very close to Chatsworth. Tow winters ago, a male stayed through the winter here, during which he was orange. In March of 2010 he turned yellow, and immediately acquired a mate. The pair visited our hummingbird feeder, and raised a brood of three. That same spring, a second pair nested in tall fan palm across the street, and they raised a brood of five. The parents usually accompany the fledglings to the feeder for a week or ten days, and then the young birds disappear. This year we have a single mated pair, who raised a first brood of three. Now they seem to be raising another brood (late July); the female is seldom seen, so I asume she is incubating more eggs. I have lots of pictures of “my” Orioles, most of them taken at our hummingbird feeder.

  26. MY WIFE AND I WATCH THEM FROM OUR DEN EVERY EVENING. WE PUT A SMALL BOWL OF GRAPE JELLY OUT AND THEY LOVE IT . THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. WE FILL THIS BOWL THREE TO FOUR TIMES A DAY. THEY JUST KEE COMING.

  27. Linda says:

    I live in San Luis Obispo and was just looking out my window to the east when I saw a large deep yellow bird with a long black tail, black on its neck and rear of it’s head, fly into a tree in the yard behind me, approx. 40-50 feet away. I was talking with someone on the phone and had to stop talking. It was an incredible sight. I’ve never seen a yellow bird that large here before. It stopped only for a moment in that tree and then took off behind another tree and I lost it. I ran to the computer and here I am. I think it was a hooded oriole. It certainly isn’t native to this area but it is a welcome visitor. I hope it comes back again.

  28. Mark says:

    I’ve got 2 of these Orioles at my hummingbird feeder (trying to figure it out) as I type in Scotts Valley CA, near Santa Cruz.

  29. Yoka Snytsheuvel says:

    We have the most beautiful orioles in our back yard! There are two that keep returning and eating from our bird feeders.

    When we lived in Missouri we had them as well, there they appear more orange than yellow.

    They give you that WOW factor when you wake up and see them with all the other birds here in Nevada!

  30. Nick N. says:

    My wife and I just saw two of them in our back yard. An adult and a juvenile. It was our 1st time to see them here in the Pasadena area.

  31. JD says:

    Just spotted one in my backyard in San Diego.

  32. RS says:

    Just saw one in our yard in San Diego, Encinitas. very bright and active.

  33. Janet Lafler says:

    Just spotted one in my back yard in Palo Alto! Gorgeous, gorgeous bird.

  34. leslie says:

    there are two trying to get into my coach house .. and i am in so i’ve never seen them here before .. pretty birds

  35. Jim says:

    I just saw one of these in Riverside, CA. It was in the front yard, in a bird-of-paradise tree. Beautiful bird, but like one of the previous posters, I assumed it was an escaped pet.

  36. Naz says:

    I just saw one in my front yard in Miami, FL. Is it weird for them to be in Florida?

  37. stefania says:

    just saw 2 o the orioles birds in my back yard 1 was trying to get my back door thought some one lost them i’m in kentucky out side of louisville wow beautiful

  38. Outer Richmond says:

    Just had the pleasure to say hello to a yellow oriole! Noticed a different song outside my window this morning and had to take a look. Really a lovely sight. Outer Richmond of San Francisco-approx. 5 blocks north of Golden Gate Park

  39. vickie says:

    I saw 2 of these beautiful birds near Heartwell Park in Long Beach, CA

  40. RjinSS says:

    We live in Sand Diego and have a male and a female visit our hummingbird feeder several times a day.

  41. bane says:

    We have a couple that have been coming to nest in our bannana trees and giant birds of paradise for the last 4 summers. they come back here to our yard in San Clemente every year and are so beautiful. as a bonus they pick the caterpillars off of our fruit trees to feed the babies

  42. Corky says:

    We have one that comes to our hummingbird feeder in Lincoln, California. It is breathtaking to see him.

  43. ashley b. says:

    I saw this one in my backyard. He was on a tree and I heard it singing. It has a very lovely tune.

  44. ashley b. says:

    I live in Ventura County

  45. Jacquie says:

    Saw one today in our backyard, south San Jose. Amazing bird.

  46. Brian says:

    One’s been visiting us 2 weeks straight in Chula Vista, CA, 10 mi S of San Diego.

  47. Gabe says:

    Just saw one fly by our humming bird feeder in San Diego, CA. First time I’ve ever seen one.

  48. tomis says:

    Watched one today in my back yard in Carson, CA.

  49. tomis says:

    Somebody wrote that it eats blackberries; does it eat blueberries too (I have two blueberry bushes in my garden..)?

  50. jalama says:

    I just saw one land on my tree outside my home office in Northridge in the San Fernando Valley in Southern Cali. Beautiful!! I have never seen one! What a gift!

  51. Jackie says:

    I have a pair that returns every year to bathe in my bird bath together. The male is spectacular. They are very shy and do not stay very long.

  52. O'side says:

    Spotted tonight in our backyard here in Oceanside. On our Kangaroo Paw plant and orange tree.

  53. Gayle Hobson says:

    Just saw the most beautiful bird outside my office window yesterday morning. Lemon yellow with black wings. I am a former Michigander and have seen lots of birds in my time, but he was incredible! I live in Menifee where we typically see finches, sparrows, crows, ravens, doves, hawks and owls. Never anything as colorfull as these. Hope he, I’m assuming it’s a he, returns.

  54. monica says:

    I live in scottsdale i have three that come and drink out of my hummingbird feeder thats stuck on my window.. they r absolutely beautiful. They live up in a palm tree. they r breathtaking. they love sugarwater!

  55. Ed says:

    I have one that keeps eating out of my Humming bird feeder. I have seen him three times in the last week.

  56. Rik says:

    I live in Newport Beach, back bay, and one took a bath in our fountain this morning. First time I’ve seen one here!

  57. caprivi says:

    Just saw one in Campbell, CA so of course had to google–which brought me here. Hope he stays a while.

  58. Cynthia says:

    I live in San Ramon California. Just spotted my first this morning feeding out of my humming bird feeder. Perhaps this is the bird that removed half of the little plastic yellow flowers in my humming bird feeder. Sure made it easy for him to get to the “sauce”
    The Humming birds just backed off when this beauty arrived at the feeder.

  59. Katfish1960 says:

    I live in Simi Valley, and we have at least 2 Male and 2 female Hooded Orioles raiding my hummingbird feeder everyday for the past two months.

  60. Carol says:

    Just saw one in Redwood City at our hummingbird feeder

  61. SoCal says:

    We have had one of these in our back yard for months. We are in southern CA – Costa Mesa
    Beautiful bird

  62. Jon says:

    Spotted one for the first time at my hummingbird feeder in Petaluma.

  63. Michael says:

    Beautiful mail and female together in backyard jn Lafayette,Ca

  64. Linda says:

    I spotted one in my yard in Santa Rosa, ca twice this week. I haven’t seen them before. They are so bright and beautiful

  65. Robin says:

    I live in Fountain Valley Ca 3 miles from the beach and I have a pair that comes to my hummingbird feeder every year. He is absolutely beautiful. No mistaking that he is the extremely hooded oriole. She is boring and a pea green but both very sweet. Yay for me they always come back. When he is in my grapefruit tree he is hard to see!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Just saw one in my backyard on San Carlos. Slid down the fronds of a palm tree!

  67. Diane says:

    We have a couple families of them down here in San Diego, Lakeside area. They LOVE the hummingbird feeders, quite entertaining to see the interaction between all the hummies and these guys. Very chattery bunch.

  68. Joanne says:

    This evening a male landed in my tomato vines where he appeared to me looking for insects. He was exactly like the picture from SF area. He returned several times to search for more food. I saw one from a distance last summer but this year the tomato plants were very attractive to him so we got a real close up view. I saw a small green worm on the plants yesterday so I welcome all the help I can get from him.

  69. C.J. says:

    Poway, San Diego. Saw two in nest in backyard trying to take baby hummingbird from nest. Hummingbird fed baby later.

  70. Steve says:

    Think I saw one in my back yard. This is closest to what it looked like, defintely was not a goldfinch or a yellow headed blackbird. Body was yellow, like this one. Been in this house for 18 years here in Central Phoenix. First time I’ve seen one.

  71. Donna says:

    We have them here in south central New Mexico!

  72. We saw a yellow hooded oriole in our back yard in our back yard eating off of a liliac bush in the Carol Stream, Illinois area. We looked at several other birds that look like it but none compared to the picture I took.
    It is a very beautiful bird.

  73. Dawn says:

    I live in San Diego (Rancho Penesquitos area) and have had one, the last couple of days, drinking out of my hummingbird feeders. It looks exactly like this picture so I’m guessing it’s an oriole. It’s beautiful but shouldn’t they be eating seeds or bugs instead of sneaking a drink from the hummingbird feeders? It’s kind of funny though.

  74. Kathy says:

    I think I saw one last week at my birdbath. I’m in Arnold, Ca. Fairly close to Yosemite. He was breathtaking!

  75. Debora says:

    Awesome pictures of the Yellow hooded oriole. We have year round yellow hooded orioles that live at our Loreto Hotel in Baja California Sur, La Damiana Inn. We have a tough time taking pictures of them, because they are so smart. Keeps them from becoming cat food. They never used to stay year round, but since we added the compost pile, they have lots of larvea to munch on. Thanks for the bird watching photos. Love Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Debora :-)

  76. Sergio says:

    I’ve seen a couple of these visit my back yard for the past week or two… Just beautiful… Burbank, CA

  77. James says:

    I had one of these in my yard today drinking from the Hummingbird feeder and playing in the trees. I live in the Sonaran Desert in souther Arizona and have never seen one before. He let me take many pictures of him. What color, what beauty

  78. Tiffany says:

    We’ve had a pair here in Hollywood . . . except it’s Hollywood FL :-) !
    Soooo beautiful.

  79. leah farber says:

    I just saw one of these brightly colored birds on my hummingbird feeder drinking. I was so surprised to see a regular sized bird drinking from the hummingbird feeder! I had to look it up to see what type of bird it was. I have never seen one before. I live in Woodland Hills, CA. Thanks for posting this photo so I could identify it!!

  80. Carol says:

    I had just noticed a male and female last summer and they have came back – they love my humminird feeder – my pooep hummingbird dont know what to think being they have been the dominant the few years and all the sudden the oriole shows up – they are beautiful birds – hope see some babies – I have put out friut but the hummungbird feeder takes the winner! I have lived her in the desert for over 10 years and never seen these birds until now!

  81. Colleen says:

    I just saw a male in my mandarin orange tree right here in Hollywood, CA. I’ve never seen a yellow one before. So cool and so pretty!!

  82. David says:

    Palm Springs Here! Beautiful Bird standing and feeding on the birdfeeder. Did not know these birds came to the desert.

  83. Anonymous says:

    I had 2 females and 1 male yellow hooded orieol try to drink out of my humming bird feeder this morning!! So amazing!! I live in diamond bar ca

  84. Josie says:

    While washing dishes 2 days ago one landed on our jeep rack outside. I have never seen one before I was so stunned i called my son over to so he could see i wasnt crazy. So Beautiful! Yellow with black mask and yellow and black band on wings, black legs and beak. We are in Chula Vista CA around 3rd ave. we do have wild blackberries in our yard and alot of humming birds/feeders too. We have alot of colorful birds here but that was the 1st time I’ve seen one of these.

  85. bob says:

    My 6 yr old daughter spotted a male and female at our home in SF yesterday and was so excited. I’ve been in SF for 25 years and have never seen the male. Beautiful bird! I can’t wait to tell her what kind of bird it is/

  86. sfcitizen says:

    They certainly are striking.

  87. Rickmdm says:

    April 2013 San Clemente, Ca.: have a pair out singing and carrying on, like birds have a want to
    at this time of year. The male is striking, female not so much. Their song is
    not as beautiful as the male’s plumage.

  88. Doug says:

    Valencia just outside L.A. 4/23/13
    Saw nice pair in cactus garden . Have never seen one before .
    Beautiful vibrant, just had to find what type of birds they are.

  89. Linda says:

    We are seeing what seems to be yellow hooded orieole visiting our hummingbird feeder in our front yard, about 1 mile north of Palm Springs, CA. Really unique and beautiful.

  90. Ann says:

    Got 2 of these on my hummingbird feeder in Sunland, CA, not far from Valencia!

  91. Ann says:

    ….Could also be regular “hooded orioles” rather than “extremely hooded.” I’ll have to get another look at the neck and get back to y’all. :) Anyway, nice to have a little piece of SF in my yard!

  92. Pookitty says:

    I just saw one today in redding drinking from my mango popcicle plants

  93. gary says:

    saw one on my hummingbird feeder 5-1-13 . . . what a beautiful bird . . . Chula Vista, CA

  94. mike says:

    Just spotted one in my Oak trees in Tiburon.

  95. Ellsworth says:

    This weekend I saw two different males in San Luis Obispo, CA near Tank Farm Rd. My lady says that they have been drinking at her hummingbird feeder for about 20 years so this generation is not shy.
    Just knocked my socks off, they were so vivid and large!

  96. Donna says:

    I have seen one on my hummingbird feeder in Yucca Valley CA. Beautiful bird.

  97. Sheila says:

    Today I saw one of these extraordinarily colorful birds. I’m in South Orange County, Laguna Beach. It appeared to be enjoying my Hummingbird feeder. This is the largest bird I have ever seen on the feeder. Somewhat surprising!

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  99. Diana Newport says:

    I live Santee, a suburb of San Diego. I believe I have seen a male twice in my yard.
    They are so quick, I am not sure. But what I am seeing is a vibrant yellow, not dull at all.

  100. Alex says:

    I live in Los Angeles and have one that frequently visits our hummingbird feeders and actually is pretty aggressive towards the hummingbirds.

  101. Martha Pitts says:

    I live in Richmond, California and I spotted 2 vivid yellow birds with black wings about 9 months ago. This morning I spotted 1 on the telephone line outside my home. So now I know what they are they are beautiful.

  102. Diane says:

    We live in Antioch,CA and we have a hummingbird feeder right outside our upstairs window and one of these beautiful birds surprised us 2 days ago by feeding from our feeder. What a treat

  103. Hannah says:

    As previously mentioned by others, I too unknowingly attracted these beauties when we put up our hummingbird feeder a few weeks ago at our home in Brea, CA (north Orange County). As soon as I discovered they were orioles and not some exotic runaway, I immediately ran out to our local WBU and purchased an oriole feeder (basically a hummingbird feeder with larger holes); boy am I glad I did. There are at least a few of them that show up regularly to scarf down the nectar and grape jelly. The mature males are SO gorgeous but they seem to be a bit more skittish at the feeder than the females – I can understand why, given their conspicuous plumage! I cannot wait until they bring their fledglings with them to the feeder. That ought to be quite the sight!

  104. Alicia says:

    Just spotted a pair of these guys in our backyard in Corona, CA.

  105. Sean says:

    I just saw one of these beauties in my yard in Oakland hills, so pretty i went to get my camera but it was gone.

  106. Ruthie says:

    This brightly colored yellow bird with black markings is vary eye catching. I had to stop and watch as it sat on the branch of a tree near my home. Both the bird & just stared at each other for a good minute. I think this bird enjoyed looking at me as much I did looking at him/or her. Very rare to see one of these types of birds in this area. We have many types of carnivorous birds in this area, I hope it can survive here in Oakridge Park in Sylmar CA.

  107. Cookie says:

    I just spotted this bird in my yard . It was a very special sight to see and enjoyment for my moment in my yard.

  108. J. Skapik says:

    I have been watching this bird for weeks. He has a mate that is a paler yellow with lighter black markings. He is absolutely gorgeous! I live in Claremont, CA . We are located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

  109. Susan says:

    I’ve had these beautiful birds come to my hummingbird feeder for a few years now. They are not in any of my bird books. Thank goodness for your site.Just one more beautiful bit of nature to see in the High Desert (Apple Valley specifically).

  110. Debi says:

    A pair just showed up in our back yard. We live on a lake in North Jersey. They are beautiful! By boyfriend was yelling from the back door you have to come see this. The two bright deep yellow and black birds, along with a few other birds were dive bombing a large black bird. That was the first time I saw them. At first I thought they were finches but color was darker and the birds bigger.

  111. gilly says:

    just saw one in my back yard in laguna beach… cool — and i used to live in baltimore watching the orioles — but i guess those are orange…

  112. Judy Bjornsen says:

    I live in Younville Ca Napa Valley. And we have a few of these beautiful birds drinking out of the humming bird feeders. The first one we saw was very bright orange and we looked it up and now we have the orange and a few yellow. Love watching them. But I have to say the humming birds are not Aggressive with them at all as they are with one another

  113. Lillian says:

    This is the first time I have seen this bird at the hummingbird feeder. It was amazing. It must have had quite a flight this spring. We live at Saskatchewan, Canada.

  114. Jess says:

    I have had a male an female in my back yard for the last 2 years. Lodi California. They feed on my hummingbird feeder. Far more daring this year. They land now 10 feet from me, as if to say “leave so we can feed”. My hummingbird family do not like them, but they seem to share ok this year.

  115. Leilani says:

    I have a pair raiding my hummingbird feeder in San Juan Capistrano. The male is very vivid yellow with a black mask. Beautiful!

  116. Craig Howell says:

    I just saw the one at this link in my backyard in San Carlos this morning, first one I have ever seen. What a spectacular bird!

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4eugp20qwp0iom2/yellow-bird1-san-carlos-6-2013.jpg

  117. Steve Smith says:

    I believe I saw one of these in the College Ave area, Oceanside, Ca. I have never seen one before and I was curious what it was. Very striking to look at.

  118. Tom Bonnstetter says:

    Just saw one trying to feed out of the humming bird feeder in my back yard….Anahiem Hills CA

  119. Mary says:

    These beautiful birds showed up several months ago at my So Cal home in Granada Hills (San Fernando Valley) They love the clear Hummingbird food and feed from my feeder several times daily. The Hummingbirds wait their turn!

  120. Juan & Nancy says:

    July 4th, 2013. This is. The second year we have a male and a female pair in our yard. They feed from our hummingbird feeder several times a day. They seem to live in our palm trees, but we haven’t seen a nest yet. We live in Moreno Valley, CA.

  121. Margie says:

    We have a bright yellow male in our yard (full of palms) that has returned the past 3/years. This time he brought his lady bird and they have taken up residents under our veranda and built their nest on a palm fron. The Momma and one of her babies is a dull yellow, I haven’t wanted to get close enough to see the other babies. I’m not a “bird Person” but after watching these cute little guys flit around protecting thei babies I could become one. They make me smile every day.

    We live at the beach in San Diego, Calif.

  122. Roger & Cyndee says:

    We just had a Yellow Hooded Oriole feed off our Hummingbird feeder. We live in Carlsbad,CA

  123. Mom2Jelly says:

    Just saw a male in our backyard birdbath in Poway CA, Twin Peaks. Very beautiful.

  124. Robert says:

    just saw one of these birds here in cherry valley ca. ive lived here for 20 plus years and never had the pleasure..what a beautiful bird

  125. Melisa says:

    Have a pair that live in my back yard , they built a nest and hatched 3 babies. One has not survived but the other 2 are growing beautifully love these beautiful little birds such a treat to watch them grow
    Canyon country ca

  126. Patty Spaulding says:

    I live in Valley Village (North Hollywood) and I have a pair that feed daily from my hummingbird feeder and occasionally my dry cat food on the patio. I’ve seen them every day and sometimes twice a day since May until the past few days. Could the yellow tail hawk that I see keep them away. The crows and scrub jays seem to be attacking the hawk.

  127. patty spaulding says:

    I meant red tail hawk

  128. A pair of these swooped in and out of my back yard in Fresno about a month ago. Amazing. I’d never seen any birds like these in my area before.

  129. snuffysmith says:

    we have one eating from our humming bird nectar in san jose

  130. David says:

    I just looked this bird up on line and saw the hummingbird feeder comments.
    A few minutes ago I walked by a window and saw one, for the first time, at
    my hummingbird feeder. As big as a Jay and as bright yellow as “Big Bird” Startling and spectacular! Hope to see more of him so I can definitively ID him as being a Yellow Hooded Oriole. From the picture it appears his beak is ideal for sipping nectar. I hope my Anna’s hummingbird doesn’t mind sharing. I am 18 miles south of San Diego near Rosarito Beach in Baja California.

  131. Ramon Perea says:

    I just saw a male here south of Rosarito Beach Baja California Mexico today April 04 2014.

  132. LILI says:

    I have a group of these beautiful birds all nesting in our old palm trees. There is a pond near by and they come down occasionally to drink and bath. We live in the hills of Sebastopol. They are incredible to look at and as large as a blue jay (almost). They are definitely yellow hooded orioles.

  133. Donna says:

    just saw gorgeous yellow hooded oriole on one of my hummingbird feeders drinking away! so beautiful. i live in solvang, santa barbara county. never seen this bird before. what a treat!

  134. Monica says:

    I just saw one outside and I had to Google it to see what type of bird it is. Beautiful. I’m in San Diego, CA

  135. Tim says:

    One was just outside with the female in tow…They come back to Glen Ellen(Sonoma Valley) every spring…Such a treat!!

  136. Sonia says:

    We spotted a pair in South Monterey County that feed from our hummingbird feeder early this week and they have returned every day since. I initially thought it was an exotic bird.

  137. Doug says:

    We were eating dinner tonight and a male landed in one of our birch trees right outside of our dining room window in Santa Cruz. We get a lot of hummingbirds in our birch trees, so the Extremely Yellow Headed Oriole was a natural visitor. Amazing bird….we had just finished dinner and picked up our iPhone to see who could identify it first.

  138. Sam says:

    Observed two in the neighbor’s rose bush! First time I have ever seen these birds; super bright yellow coloration caught my attention. It looked like they were feeding…I am near Coyote Creek in San Jose, near SJSU..there are several palm trees nearby and I wonder if they are nesting there? What beautiful birds!

  139. Andi says:

    I just had one now at my hummingbird feeder. I live in Oceanside, CA.

  140. Craig Stewart says:

    I also just had one on my Hummingbird feeder.

  141. Fred in the Desert says:

    I live in Trona,a Mojave Desert ghost town and three of these birds are sucking at my hummingbird feeder right now. I put up a caged suet thing and they’re eating on that,too. I’m amazed to see them here in the desert where the temp sometimes hits 130F. I’m giving them plenty of water and have alerted the whole town to their pressence. We don’t get many thrills out here in this Bad Day at Black Rock town.

  142. Anonymous says:

    I have a male oriole visiting my palm tree in Calabasas for a week now. Very vivid coloring!

  143. Fred in the Desert says:

    I met an old man today.

    ..in the checkout line at Walmart in Ridgecrest,Ca. He lives in a ghost town in the desert near me. I could tell he was starved for conversation. So he says to me “What’s up,pardner? I see you’ve got 150 pounds of birdseed in your cart”. I told him “Yup,I love the desert birds. Feed
    ‘em till they puke”. So he tells me he’s got hummingbird feeders at his place and a bunch of ruby throated hummingbirds sucking at his feeder. So I said “Well have you seen the gorgeous extremely yellow hooded orioles that have suddenly abounded in the desert? The old guy says “No,I hav’nt seen one”. So I spend a couple minutes describing the exotic yellow bird in detail. People in the checkout line behind us were getting angry at us holding up the line. The old guy then said “So what do I got to do to SEE an extremely yellow hooded oriole?”. I told him “Well,first you got to drink six or eight beers then you’ll see’em”. There was complete silence for a few moments then the old man and everyone in the checkout line and the cashier burst into laughter.

  144. James says:

    May 8, 2014 Northeast Kansas

    Just put up a small, dinky bird bath yesterday near two bird feeders in my front. This bird was not only one of the few visitors so far, but when I spotted him first out of the corner of my eye, then turned to him fully, I caught my breath, I have never seen such bright colors of yellow, such deep black in contrast — he seemed to me a bird of Paradise. Then, after a couple of drinks of water, he took a full, fluttery bath.

  145. Leticia says:

    Finally I know what this beautiful bird is and definitely not a finch .. I live in Corona, CA and I have several hummingbird feeders both in my front and back yard and I have caught this exact bird drinking the nectar from my feeders.

  146. Steve says:

    I just saw one on my Hummingbird feeder today. Noisy and beautiful like a parrot. I’m in Valencia, CA.

  147. Alejandra says:

    I saw it in my backyard in Rio Rico, Az they come here very often they love to eat something inside the palo verde yellow flowers! They like to be around all other birds.

  148. Peter W. says:

    Just had one visit my feeder in La Mesa, CA. How is it I’ve never seen one before?? Amazing.

  149. John Devlin says:

    Just had the pleasure if seeing this bird in Anza just off burnt ash road , 1040am 6/5/14 , it landed in a tree but was mobbed and chased off by a group of other birds

  150. diana says:

    Saw one of these beauties in my backyard today in the Mission! It too, was chased off by two of my yard “regulars” a couple of little brown songbirds. Was a treat for sure, a beautiful bird.

  151. Lynda says:

    I live in Napa, CA and FINALLY have found this bird online!!!! I have seen two of the bright yellow, I guess males? They are so bright they look like parrots. The first time we saw one, we thought it WAS a parrot that got out of a house. They are so beautiful.

  152. Robyn McKeithan says:

    I live in Southern California.. Lakeside , California and I just saw a this bird on our rose bush !! I have never seen a bird like this

  153. vannina champenois says:

    while watching US versus Ghana, just saw one in Mountain View in my orange tree.
    so beautiful.
    I thought it was a pet out of its cage; even better if wild animal

  154. Theresa Smith says:

    We have one I spotted this morning in a tree at my work in Vista CA. It appears to be running other birds off so there may be a nest.

  155. Theresa Smith says:

    I forgot to mention that we are in North San Diego County (Vista)

  156. melinda says:

    I live in Riverside county by Lake Perris and I have a pair that have a nest with babes;) so excited never saw one before

  157. Deborah says:

    One just like the photo above just took an enthusiastic bath in the top of my three tiered fountain in the back yard. I’ve seen these beauties quite a lot recently. My fountain is very popular in the neighborhood. Three weeks ago I had a beautiful Mallard duck having a swim in my swimming pool a few feet away.

  158. Linda says:

    We live in Millbrae, CA and two of these beautiful birds have been visiting our humminbird feeder for about two weeks. They are stunning.

  159. nilda says:

    for the past three years these beautiful birds are coming to my patio where i have huming bird feeders. first year was a couple, following year they came back with babies and this year they came back with only one baby they always enter thru my hibiscus plants I am fortunate to see them every day several times a day, I have taken ton of pictures. love them my daughter named the male mango.

  160. nilda says:

    missed to mention I am in chatsworth, ca

  161. Es says:

    Have had this bird since early May and we are in Minnesota

  162. Robyn C says:

    (Oakland, Calif. )Oh my goodness the one i seen in my neighbor’s back yard today was awfully big and soooo beautiful. Something was going on over in his hedges and quite a few birds were being really vocal. Next thing I knew this gorgeous bird comes out of the these huge hedges then comes back down like an eagle w/ his claws out. I ran to get my cell ph camera but i must have missed him. I never seen him again. WoW what a treat!

  163. Breebree says:

    I am thrilled to know about his beauty. A pair visit our hummingbird feeder daily, the female’s yellow is more tempered, but she is still beautiful. They make a distinct sound and are very shy. Gorgeous! We live in the hills of Chtasworth, CA.

  164. Anita says:

    We bought a house in Clovis, California a year and a half ago,, last summer I saw a bird at my humming bird feeders that I had never seen before.. This year it is back and there is 2 of them. They are so beautiful!! I got curious and looked them up and found out they are hooded oriole.. Now I am trying to find out what they like to eat the most,, they seem to really love the sugar water for the humming birds!! I am so excited to have them visiting my yard!! :)

  165. Chuck Ness says:

    I may be wrong, but from the description and the picture i am of the belief that one is hanging around or place in Chico. We live in the foothills about below Cohasset.

    It has been hanging around in our front yard since early or mid April. It shows up early in the day before it gets too hot, and feeds from the hummingbird feeder. It will hang around feeding on the nectar for about 20 minutes, then it’s gone for a few days and out of nowhere it shows up again.

  166. Sharon K. says:

    Last night we saw the male in Yorba Linda, CA – Today he brought his spouse. I just fixed the fountain and wonder if that is their attraction – BEAUTIFUL BIRDS! Never seen one before~~

  167. Sylvia says:

    Thanks for this site! Today I saw my first Extremely Yellow Hooded Oriole. It was in Shadow Park in West Hills, California. I first noticed a commotion up in one of the tall old trees, then an amazingly bright orangy yellow big bird with black markings like your photo. The oriole was sliding down one of the leaf covered branches. So active! The bright color seemed almost neon to me! Thanks again, now I know what kind of bird it was.

  168. Kimberly K. says:

    I am so happy to have found this site. I live in Paso Robles, California and I have a hummingbird feeder on my deck. I have had this Beautiful Bird landing on the hummingbird feeder several times a day. He is so fun to watch. I am so glad to know what kind of Bird he is. Thank you for this site.

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