Baltimore Oriole Sipping from a Feeder Adapted Just for Orioles
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We Welcome This Blackbird Family Member to Visit Our Yard
Orioles are stunning birds to look at and in the spring, delightful to hear. So many of us try to attract them to our outdoor spaces so we can enjoy this beautiful bird.
In the seasons when there are no leaves on the trees, I am always on the lookout for their sac like hanging nest. They prefer elm trees as their favourite nesting tree, but since the elms have declined in some parts of North America, the Orioles have favoured maple and cottonwood trees.
They will drink the same nectar we make for Hummingbirds, but require a specialized feeder with larger holes and perches. They eat a variety of bugs and fruits as well. That is why they also love fruit jelly when provided.
We can help our Baltimore Orioles survival by:
putting out oriole nectar feeders
planting fruit bearing plants
setting out orange halves
providing mealworm feeders (they don't have to be alive and wriggly, dried ones are fine. ;-) )
hanging small bowls of apple or especially grape jelly
They are a joy to attract to our backyard space and we want to make sure we are following safe bird feeding practices so as not to harm any of our feathered friends.
I would like to pass on to you a caution I read about jelly feeders. Here is the article which I highly recommend you read if you already feed jelly to Orioles or if you plan to this summer.
You are Invited to Cast Your Vote for Your Favourite 3 Photos
This is the last day to vote in the Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Photo Contest!
It's not easy I will admit. They all have their merits, especially the one titled "Big Bird at Feeder". It is rumoured that it is really a rare Arctic Kangaroo Bird that is posing as a "snow bird" for the winter!
But seriously, have a look at all the amazing entries.