10 October 2011

bestiary: baltimore oriole

while most probably known for being the namesake of a certain professional baseball team, the baltimore oriole is also maryland's state bird. how did these omnivorous little guys get to be a state bird, you ask? well, i'll tell you. their colours closely matched the coat of arms of lord baltimore, cecil calvert. these orioles are migratory, leaving the eastern US and canada in favour of warmer climates in mexico and central / south america in the winter. icterus galbula on moleskine.

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