I thought this article in Birds and Blooms was so interesting that I had to share! I love Orioles and had heard you could attract them with Oranges but I did not know about the jelly!
Few birds can match the bold coloring of the male Baltimore oriole. With it's signature black and orange feathers, it's no wonder so many people want this flier at their feeders. Learn how to attract a Baltimore oriole to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Icterus galbuba.
- Family: Blackbird.
- Length: 8-3/4 inches.
- Wingspan: 11-1/2 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Male has full black hood and fire-orange plumage. Female is drab yellow with dusky-brown wings.
- Nest: Woven bag-like structure.
- Song: Short series of clear whistles in varied pattern.
- Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, parks and suburbs.
- Diet: Mostly insects and berries.
- Backyard Favorites: Comes to feeding stations for sugar water, halved oranges nailed to posts and grape jelly.
I have been working in the yard
this morning trying to get things
done before the real heat comes-
ha! I have one tomato growing
on the plant so far and 1 pepper -
ha! No salad yet! :)
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My wild heart to yours...