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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Best place to hang oriole feeder

My favorite oriole feeder and the one we sell the most of in our mid-Michigan Wild Birds Unlimited store offers three ways to attract orioles: nectar, oranges, and jelly. The sugar water is in the saucer, the jelly goes into little jelly troughs built into the cover and the orange goes down the middle hook of the feeder. It's easy to clean, easy to fill and attracts a lot of orioles. There is also a weather guard that is sold separately.
Or you could go with the Poly-lumber feeder made from recycled milk jugs. It has lifetime guarantee to never crack, split or fade, stainless steel screws, thick, heavy-duty acrylic roof to allow Orioles to see the food and protects it from rain, and two removable cups to dispense BirdBerry™ Jelly and two pegs for orange halves. Cups also may be used to feed mealworms, peanuts, chopped fruit, suet nuggets, or a variety of other foods.

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!

Related Articles:
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Facts on the Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GzSTbi
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Close-up of Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GAf6T7
When can I expect my orioles to arrive? http://goo.gl/OHrCc

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