Thursday, June 2, 2011

A new species in Yosemite: Scott's Oriole

An adult Scott's Oriole.  Photo: Brian Small.
On May 31, NPS Biological Technician Matt Brady observed a second year male Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) in Poopenaut Valley. This species has not previously been reported within Yosemite National Park and thus brings the park's bird list to 261 species. It is the first sighting in the park and the second within surrounding Tuolumne County.  Scott's Oriole's are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. NPS biologists working in the Poopenaut Valley have seen a number of unusual species for the park this spring, including Gray Flycatcher, American Coot, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Wood Duck, and Green-tailed Towhee.

Check out a recording of Scott's Oriole below: