I birded at Dead Creek (Brilyea access) before and after lunch today.
At a little before 1:00, there were three orioles flying back and
forth in the trees immediately to the left once one turns onto the
dirt access road from Route 17. Two were unquestionably male
Baltimore Orioles, but the third – a female – was considerably
smaller. Aside from white wing bars, she was pretty uniformly
greenish-yellow. To me, she looked more like an Orchard Oriole than a
Baltimore female, but I’ve never had to identify a female of that
species without the male there to help me. Do these species
interbreed? Could there be both species nesting in the same area?
Other notables: There was a Woodcock right in the dirt road in the
wooded area, first motionless except for odd “throbbing”. Then it
slowly lifted one leg, extended its foot, placed it very deliberately
a little ahead, and pumped its whole body up and down a few times.
Then it repeated the sequence with the other foot, gradually moving
off the road in slow motion. When I got home, I found a good video of
this dance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFnKFF8eYfs&feature=related
A bit east of the pavilion in the viewing area, I was surprised to
see a female Ruffed Grouse and at least five young. This seems like a
very peculiar (and dangerous!) place for them. I thought grouse bred
in forests and have never seen young in so open a place.