Tips to attract Orioles to your backyard!
- In plain sight: As many of us are drawn to the Golden Arches, orioles have learned to slow down for red and orange feeders. When placing the oriole feeder, put it in the open so the birds can see it while flying over or near a flowering tree.
- Earlier is better: It is better to hang your feeder too early rather than too late. I’ll put my feeder up at the end of April even though I never see them until the first week in May in mid-Michigan.
- Keep it fresh: The nectar/fruit/jelly must be fresh! The nectar recipe for orioles is the same as hummingbirds – 1 part white sugar to 4 parts plain water (no dye!). I also like BirdBerry™ Jelly because it is lower in sugar than store brand jelly and contains no corn sweetener or artificial ingredients and is higher in fruit and fruit juice.
- Offer mealworms: Orioles eat insects, especially tent caterpillars, and as an extra protein treat you can serve them live mealworms in a tray feeder.
- Birds need water: Hang your feeder near a birdbath. After a long journey they need water to hydrate and preen their feathers.
- Keep it clean: Rinse it with hot water every few days and then refill your feeder with fresh juice. This is especially important in warm weather, when it can spoil quickly.
- Building materials: Have nesting materials out and ready to help encourage Orioles to nest in your yard. The Birdie Bell offers a variety of nesting materials like string and cotton.
- Don’t give up: If you don’t attract orioles in your first year, keep at it. Once one bird finds the feeder, the word will spread!
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