A summer visitor to much of central Europe, the Golden Oriole is one of our 3 exotics, the other two being Hoopoe and Roller.
This is not a bird that you’ll see just anywhere in England, you’ll have to visit a recognized breeding site, such as Lakenheath, and even then you are not guaranteed a sighting. What you are guaranteed is a memorable day out.
Everything about the Golden Oriole is enchanting, it’s song, straight from Paradise. It’s plumage, fresh and vibrant that screams Summer’s here, and it’s choice of habitat
You have to plan and do your home-work to see this bird, like a puzzle, all the pieces must come together, if there’s a piece missing it means do it again, and again, and when that final piece clicks into place, it will rate as one of your most memorable life moments.
Despite the bold color of it’s plumage, the Golden Oriole can be extremely difficult to spot, and don’t be surprised if it takes several attempts to get to see it, but when you do drop lucky, the experience will take you to that wonderful place that you call your own.
Come the month of May, leave Winter behind, and take a walk out into the blossom filled spring, see the returning Swallow and listen for the cooing of Turtle Dove, and just when you think that your senses are fully stretched and you can’t handle anymore, along comes the Golden Oriole, the cherry on the cake.