Hello, I live in mid-Michigan and I put up a Oriole feeder with 2 orange slices and grape jelly for food. We started getting Orioles coming to it for about 2 weeks. Then I put up our Hummingbird feeder which is about 3 ft. from the Oriole feeder. We have not seen a single Oriole at our Oriole feeder since. Do the Hummingbirds scare the Orioles away? Nobody that I have asked around our neighborhood knows the answer. Do you have any idea? Thank You. Bill
Don't worry, often the adults will bring they're young to the feeders once they've left the nest. So be prepared for a return after a couple weeks absence. Or you can add live mealworms to some of the food you offer.
Mealworms are the larvae of a beetle with a high protein
level. Many birders believe the mealworms are used solely for attracting
bluebirds. This is definitely not the case as many other species enjoy
these little treats. Some birds attracted to mealworms include: wrens,
robins, bluebirds, jays, sparrows, cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatches,
titmice, chickadees, and yes even orioles.
The diet of the Baltimore Oriole consist of insects, fruits, and flower nectar. You can attract orioles to eat from your backyard feeder by setting out orange halves, grape jelly, sugar water, suets, or mealworms.
A hummingbird won't deter an oriole from coming to the feeder.
- Facts on the Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GzSTbi
- Where do orioles winter? http://bit.ly/GAeWv5
- Close-up of Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GAf6T7
- When can I expect my orioles to arrive? http://goo.gl/OHrCc