Friday, March 30, 2012


Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum)

The Giant Yuccas (Yucca guatemalensis) are in bloom attracting insects and here come the Scott's Orioles.

Scott's Orioles are a fairly iconic summer-breeding, neotropical migrant species here in the Big Bend Region.

A bold yellow and black beauty, Scott's Orioles (like other oriole species) are quite attracted to fruit and other sweet options. However they are advantageously insectivoreous at times, particularly during breeding season. Insects offer birds a very efficient source of protein. In that light, they do to us as well.

These photos were taken at the Gage Gardens. Stake out a Giant Yucca or two and you will be likely to see them as well.

Quick. Name the family this insect belongs to. The photos ended up showing that the yucca blooms were loaded with them.

family Coreidae
Leaf-footed Bugs/Squash Bugs

Anyways, it's a very cool scene around the Giant Yucca blooms right now. At least it is in the Gage Gardens here in Marathon.

Turn off the TV and look up!


  1. Breath-taking

    Thank you,

  2. Gorgeous, breath-taking photos. Wow!! I need to get own there. !

  3. Wow those are super shots! Great color palette there with the Yuccas. Scott's Orioles are pretty stunning on their own, but here they're draped in white sating. Marvelous!

  4. Stay tuned for a birding and butterfly event in July at the Gage.

    Thanks for the compliments as well, folks.