About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Is it too early to put out the oriole feeder?

We get a little sunshine and people want to rush to put out the oriole feeders. That's good! Better to put the feeders out too early than too late. Orioles are on their way, but the usual arrival in mid-Michigan is end of April to the beginning of May. If you put it out now you might get finches, cardinals, and woodpeckers but no orioles.

The Journey North website studies migration patterns of the Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, and other birds and mammals. You can look at the past seasons to predict upcoming visits or watch the Spring maps as people report their sightings of birds on the way north.
Most Baltimore Orioles winter in Central and South America and follow the bugs and blooms north in late winter and early spring. They prefer to nest in open forests such as those along rivers, small woodlots, fruit orchards, or even large yards with lots of flowering fruit and nut trees. 

Orioles eat a variety of fruits, nectar, bugs, and nuts. The best way to attract orioles to your yard is with feeders that offer suet, nuts, mealworms, nectar, grape jelly, or fruit (oranges, grapes, apples).

Orioles are passing through Florida right now:  https://youtu.be/mgg2N_WS4Ec

Related Articles:
Can birds predict the weather? http://bit.ly/w3bhs8
Facts on the Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GzSTbi
Close-up of Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GAf6T7
Favorite Oriole feeders http://t.co/OjG4Lz4

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