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Emory Winship

Sonoma, CA, USA


We’ve read that Hooded Orioles have only been seen in Northern California for 3 or 4 years now. We have been privileged to have a growing family in our garden since we first spotted the breeding pair here May 15, 2018 until now, August 29, and the last three offspring are still here. Unfortunately, the final male is deformed, but his sisters are fine.


Hooded Orioles In Sonoma, CA

Breeding Male

30 replies on “Hooded Orioles in Sonoma, CA”

Curtis Younts says:

We have had hooded orioles since we moved into our current house in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CA, in the summer of 2001. We often have two pairs, and one year we had three. They usually nest in our palm tree, but the year we had three, one was in an oak tree.
A male has been here for several days as I write. I saw a reference that the male arrives first to establish territory. I was looking to find out if the male builds the nest before the female arrives, but have not found a reference to that so far.

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi Curtis, Currently, NestWatch lists only common nesting species on our website. That being said, more information on all species can be found on All About Birds and Birds of the World (BOW involves a small subscription fee). Hooded Oriole males arrive to breeding ground about a week earlier than females on average. The nest is constructed by the female.

genevieve foster says:

any sighting yet in Sonoma?

Jimmy R. says:

Pair at humming bird feeder in Cotati since +- March 24, 2021.

Dave S says:

Boyes hot springs backyard humming bird last year male and female today 4-4-2021 male

Linda Lloyd says:

Pair of hooded orioles dipping their insects into jelly on our new oriole feeder, then taking the jellied bug down to their nest somewhere in oaks at bottom of our property. We’re up on the east side of Sonoma Mtn, directly west of Sonoma State University/Green Music Center.

Sara says:

We got a male in West Petaluma hanging out in an oak tree. Thought it was a pet! So pretty!

annalisa says:

Today! Late afternoon, in W Petaluma, a mated pair…My back garden @ an h- bird feeder then popping in and out of a shrubby magnolia for abt an hour.

Rita Wells says:

We have Hooded Orioles here at the Raford Inn in Healdsburg/Forestville every year. I saw one on our pergola early this evening. I’ll try to get a picture tomorrow.

Colleen Lazanich says:

Just saw one in my backyard in Sebastopol. It likes our torch lillies.. I don’t recall seeing them before

Dave Beck says:

April 10th this year they showed up in Petaluma

Ginger Braden says:

We had one on our hummingbird feeder this morning in Auberry, CA. Had not seen one before. Such a bright yellow couldn’t miss it. I’m on the lookout now.

Emily Meredith says:

This is the second year at my apartment and the second year I have seen a pair – male and female – come to my hummingbird feeders. They’re beautiful!

Emily Meredith says:

I failed to mention my location: Glen Ellen, CA.

JT says:

Just saw my first Hooded Oriole land on my hummingbird feeder! In Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa.

Helen says:

This year several Hooded Orioles arrived at my hummers feeder and thr hummers stopped coming. More Orioles came for sever weeks, both morning and evenings. Now (June 7, 2022) Only a single Oriole somes briefly, now and then. Is it OK to take down the feeder so the one that’s left will leave? I want my hummers to come back.

Cathy McFann says:

We have a nesting pair in our home in Sebastopol. Their nest is hanging from high eves on our house. It looks like 3 babies are poking out. This is their first year; such beautiful birds!

Kent Wiseman says:

Just had a hooded oriole at my hummingbird feeder for less than a minute before a Anna’s chased it off. Here in Rincon Valley by Carrillo high school. First time. Beautiful!

Susan M Isaacson says:

Just had a male hooded oriole in our bird bath in Red Bluff, CA. A first for our yard! Gorgeous! Unusual weather today, overcast, humid and not too hot for this time of summer.

John M Larin says:

i”m In Sebastopol Ca,We’ve had apair at our humming bird feeder for a couple of weeks now. I haven’t seen a nest site yet but I’m starting to look for one

Raine says:

I’m in Santa Rosa. Had a pair on my hummingbird feeder today for quite a long time. Of course they ignored the orange and grape jelly😁

Kristi says:

A pair have been using hummingbird feeder several times a day for the past week. Grace Tract, Santa Rosa.

Greg Volker says:

Just spotted our first male here in East Petaluma, hanging out in our bottle brush tree! Lovely looking bird. Large palm in our neighbors, read that is their habitat?

Joe says:

Just saw perched in our backyard pear tree in the Eldridge/ Glen Ellen area!

Joe says:

Just saw one perched in our backyard pear tree in the Eldridge/ Glen Ellen area!

Kathy says:

I have a return visitor from last year that likes my largest hummingbird feeder 😍 I’m in West Santa Rosa near Imwalle’s
Looks like a male😉

Rebecca says:

Male was outside this morning in a tree across from my deck, Rincon Valley, Sonoma County.

Lex Pelle says:

First sighting in Guerneville. Male and multiple females on my deck this morning. Likely feeding on plum tree. One female flew into a window, luckily recovered and flew off after a few minutes. Hope they visit again! So pretty.

Lleuella German says:

Saw yellow oriel feeding the sugar/water from my hummingbird feeder, hadn’t seen one before here in Riverside, county.

Zach says:

We have hooded oriole birds for two -4 years also ! Just saw a baby this am ! Very bright yellow amazing colors ! Hope everyone gets to see them soon ! Agua Caliente hill region is we’re I see them ! More lately last couple months than ever ! Hope that means more and more baby’s !

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