and an email came in from Mary Balch in NW IA about an Oriole that's coming to her feeders. She described the bird as a Black and yellow Oriole. My very first thought was Scott's Oriole. A bird that would be a first record for Iowa.
I asked Mary to send me the pictures she had taken. You can see for yourself that my initial guess was correct:
Both photos are used by the kind permission of Mary Balch.
Unfortunately, the bird is much too far away for me to chase.
For those that would like to chase the bird, I will post directions if Mary decides to let birders come and see this first IA state record.