Baltimore Oriole Photo by Robert Strickland.
Of all the birds I have in my yard, both summer and winter, the oriole is my all-time favorite bird! They have the sweetest song of all. My kitchen window looks out over a thin strip of woods that separates my yard from the next. And without fail, every spring as I’m standing at my sink I’ll see my orioles announcing their arrival in my yard. I hurry to get my fresh jelly out for them as I know they are hungry after their long, migration journey.
I have 3 pairs that nest somewhere on my property, although I have yet to find where. The males arrive first and then after a week or two the females arrive. After a day or two of eating heavily, the nest building begins. I have a vine that runs up a maple in the backyard and the female will peel small strips from it to line her nest. I really want to cut the vine down but I can’t bring myself to do it knowing how much they love it for their nest building!
Then they bring their babies to the jelly feeders—their mouths wide open, wings fluttering for mom and dad to give them a bite. I feel almost like these orioles are my children. I know each of them apart from one another, slight variations in their coloring gives them away. So today I am waiting for the beginning of May for my “bird children” to arrive and bring with them their melodic songs that fill my yard.
If you want to attract orioles, I have a few recommendations. I really like the Oriole Fest for offering Oriole Nectar and orange halves. Then you’ll want to feed grape jelly because orioles just can’t resist it! Duncraft has BirdBerry Grape Jelly that’s great for the birds because it contains no corn sweeteners. Feed it from a jelly feeder such as Duncraft’s brand new Eco-Oriole Fruit and Jelly Feeder. This is a durable feeder in a bright-orange recycled plastic that’s sure to attract these fabulous birds!