The easiest fruits to feed are orange halves, raisins and grapes. And each of these fruits will attract different groups of birds. Orange halves will attract catbirds, grosbeaks, woodpeckers and tanagers and of course, orioles. Grapes attract bluebirds, waxwings, grosbeaks, mockingbirds and more. And raisins will attract many of these same birds. Some bird lovers soak their raisins in warm water before putting them out, which makes it easier for the birds to peck at and swallow.
There are many ways to serve fruit and you may want to try different fruits as well, such as apples and bananas. There are feeders especially made for fruit. A super-simple method is to just nail an apple or orange half to a tree. Platform feeders are very versatile and you can just set out the pieces of fruit along with your seed. Cut the fruits up into pieces so the birds don’t have to peck through the sometimes tough skin, which may discourage them. And don’t forget that these fruits can also be served in the form of jelly or preserves! Orioles love grape jelly! There are feeders that allow you to skewer the fruit half and also have cups to contain jelly.