An oriole in winter in Baton Rouge is a good bird. This bird was located just before the Christmas Bird Count in Baton Rouge and it has been determined to be a Scott's Oriole. This is a bird normally found in the southwest US and Mexico, and there are very few records for Louisiana. The homeowners have been very generous about sharing with all of us.
I decided to try for the Scott's Oriole today. They
reported that it had been seen at 8am today and that it seemed
to come with some regularity in the mid-afternoon so I decided to go
about 2pm. We were treated to a winter hummingbird spectacle while we waited on
the Oriole - several Rufous and possible Black-chinned hummingbirds were snap, crackling, and popping all over the place. (This same home hosts a Broad-tailed Hummingbird -- another great bird for LA in the winter!) Another friend
arrived to give the bird a try at about 3:45pm. At 4pm I decided I'd
best go, and told them to call me if that bird showed up as I was
pulling out of the driveway. I dawdled a bit talking to the homeowner and was
not even out of the subdivision when they called to say they'd seen the
bird! I zipped back. The bird was spied moving
cautiously toward the hummingbird feeder at the back of the yard. It
eyed everything suspiciously but finally drank from the feeder for
something over a minute before it flitted away. I'm sure there are other photos
are better than mine, but here's a video (from about 60 feet?) and a
couple of stills.