Feeding Birds with Oranges and Grape Jelly

Feeding birds can be really fun especially when Baltimore Orioles come to the feeders!

Rob Ripma

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!

Feeding birds is really exciting when a bird like this Baltimore Oriole arrives!

Feeding birds is really exciting when a bird like this Baltimore Oriole arrives!

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.

Gray Catbirds may not be as flashy as the Baltimore Oriole but I'm always excited when they come to my feeders.

Gray Catbirds may not be as flashy as the Baltimore Orioles, but I’m always excited when they come to my feeders.

  1. Terry says

    I was at my bird feed store today to pick up more feed for my feeders for the summer. And I over heard two women talking about which Oriole feeder was the best, I spoke up and said I use a jelly feeder. One lady said that jelly feeders aren’t good for the birds because the jelly becomes contaminated as soon as you put it out and it wasn’t doing the birds any good. She said by feeding them jelly is doing more harm than good. So my question is, is it ok to feed them jelly or not? Thanks

  2. Gomer says

    Here in Tucson, Az. we feed oranges & apples to the birds. The woodpeckers are the biggest “pigs”, yellow finches are very abundant too. We have a place just outside out lr window & the birds are very used to us even when we sit outside. Nature is grand.

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