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Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii

Bullocks Oriole inhabits the west coast from British Columbia down into Northern Mexico, in the winter it flies south into Mexico. They show up here in April and hang around until October. I'm not sure ours fly south, they may just fly a little closer to the coast.
The song of bullock's Oriole is like a melodious Jack in the Box. Happy, almost historically so.
They like to build their nest out of old Milkweed stems. (I think these were Asclepias eriocarpa.) It looks like a fiberglass hand bag hanging high in a tree.
This female Bullock's oriole was collecting the fiberglass like fibers from a Milkweed plant for nest material. - grid24_12
This female Bullock's oriole was collecting the fiberglass like fibers from a Milkweed plant for nest material.
Bullock's Oriole - grid24_12
Notice the whitish belly. A female Bullock's Oriole has a whitish belly, a female Hooded oriole does not.