Golden bird – Golden oriole ( oriolus oriolus )
I love this bird!!!. Golden oriole is one of Europe’s most beautiful birds unfortunately stays for very short time here only from May to August. Although oriole looks wonderful,secluded way of life high in the treetops it is protected from view.
Its easier to notice them by listening, because it is very loud for bird that size and you can easy hear from far away her deep like a flute voice or their screames when she’s upset, especialy in sunrise, when male is defending his territory.
Along the Adriatic coast you can find it everywhere and in large numbers. Most common is where are mixed forest of oaks, pines and fruit trees. Orioles love fruit, sometimes i watched them for hours as they eat cherries or figs.
For nest selects mostly oak but also likes and walnut, ash, olive, almond, fig and even pine if there are no other suitable trees. The nest-shaped cup reminds on the works of some knitter bird and usually hangs at the end of a branch. It’s amazing how young orioles and eggs, when is windy, does not fall out of it. In more urban areas they often used plastic tape for construction material.
Orioles are not afraid of peoples to much, and sometimes even nesting in the gardens between the houses. One couple ,on my great joy, nested across my house, where I enjoyed the daily performance of singing and feeding young. Young chick grow rapidly and in 15 days they are already out of the nest, if everything went alright they have just one nest, otherwise the couple have two nest per season. Young and the females are not nearly as attractive
as old males with bright yellow color obtained after the third year of his life, but the very presence of these birds gives our region a tropical touch.
Once I got injured male that hit in the window of some house in the neighborhood and has been with me for 20 days until he was able to fly again, it seemed to know that i am helping him so he rewarded me every day with the magic oriole song 🙂