Attracting Birds With Grape Jelly
In my attempt several years ago to attract Orioles, I began putting oranges, apples and grape jelly in my yard.
In my attempt several years ago to attract Orioles, I began putting oranges, apples and grape jelly in my yard. While it took awhile for the Orioles to come around, years actually, I attracted all sorts of other birds.
I found that most birds like some sort of fruit whether it be man-made or mother nature’s sweetness found on shrubs and trees. Now I put out all kinds of fruit for my backyard birds, especially when it’s a bit too ripe for us. The birds don’t mind.
I’ve attracted red-bellied woodpeckers, orioles, grosbeaks, and house finches like this cute pair.
Here’s what’s worked for me to attract birds with fruit and jelly:
- I used the stump of a tree as a spot to pound a couple of nails making an easy way to “hang” apples and oranges. Or you can use a large, vertical piece of wood and sink it into the ground a bit; great visual interest!
- From the pictures, you can see I used a cast-iron candle sconce (that I mounted on the fence) and a small custard dish. The birds found it right away.
- I found a use for all my small clay pot saucers – they hold half an orange nicely or it’s perfect for a scoop of grape jelly. Any shallow dish or tray will work.
- I thought I had a great idea to use a double-sided suet cake feeder for my orange/apple halves, but the birds use this one the least. Go figure.
Tell me what kinds of birds you attract in your area with fruit or jelly by commenting below.
More tips for attracting birds can be found at BirdsandBlooms.com.