Just after I left for the Biggest Week in American Birding a couple of weeks ago, my wife called me and was very excited about a new bird that had arrived at our feeding station in the backyard. She had put out a feeder with oranges and grape jelly, and it didn’t take long until a couple Baltimore Orioles found it!
Although many of us just put out seed and suet for our birds, offering fruit and jelly can help you attract some very special birds. If you start feeding birds with these foods early in the spring, the first bird that many people will find using the feeder is a Gray Catbird. They arrive a little earlier than orioles and especially love oranges. Once the orioles arrive, they steal the show! With their flashy orange and black coloring, they are hard to ignore.