Orioles are not birds that one typically associate with being seed eaters but this Altimira oriole at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park certainly seemed to dig them. Most of us think of orioles as nectar, fruit and jelly feeder birds but I’ve seen them sample seed and suet when Baltimore orioles arrive up in Minnesota and Wisconsin in early spring during a cold snap. This bird had ample access to a suet log (at least until a chachalaca took over the feeder).
I didn’t think orioles had a beak strong enough to crack open sunflower shells but I suspect that this bird found a few hulled sunflowers left behind by started red-winged blackbirds. Interesting feeding behavior to witness.
Speaking of Altimira orioles, does anyone else think their nests resemble a certain anatomical feature on a 70ish year old man?