Well, I’ve finally done it! We’ve had a few orioles tease us each spring with their presence at our grape jelly feeders. But this year, the motherload! It takes awhile to attract these beauties, but don’t give up.
When I wandered through my kitchen, I glanced out at the deck and saw about a dozen orioles at the feeder. I could hardly believe it. Of course, I grabbed my camera and tried to get close, but I startled them.
Later that day, I was able to capture this pic of a few gathered around again. The one on the top of the yard lamp is the Orchard Oriole – notice the darker, more rusty color on the breast? The others are Baltimore Orioles – one on the pole of the lamp is the male and the one eating the orange is the female.
We put out orange halves and sugar water for them. They go ape over the grape jelly! I think the combo above did it. They love oranges, grape jelly and water. I really didn’t plan that; I was looking for a quick way to get some food out for them. Best time to attract them is in the spring.
Find out more about the oriole family and how to bring them to your yard: Attracting Orioles