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.

pair of house finches | birdsandbloomsblog.com | paula bonelli | midwest region

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.

house finches eating grape jelly | paula bonelli | birdsandbloomsblog.com | midwest region 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.