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Monday, April 21, 2014

Orioles will migrate when the conditions are right

We live in Virginia Beach, VA and have had the pleasure of hosting two female Baltimore orioles in our yard since December and have kept them supplied with grape jelly, etc.  For the past two weeks, we have seen only one oriole.  Isn't it time for these beautiful birds to be migrating north.  Should we stop feeding to urge her to leave or will she instinctively know when to leave?  Thanks for your advice.

Don't cut them off. They are planning on a long trip and that means they will need to fatten up before they leave.

It is still pretty cold up here and there aren't many blooms or bugs yet. When the winds are blowing in the right direction and warmer weather comes, the orioles will know when to migrate.

Females are always behind the males. They aren't in as big a rush to stake out breeding territories like the males.

It takes 2 or 3 weeks for an oriole to prepare for migration. On average, an oriole probably travels about 150 miles each night, flying at about 20 miles per hour. If the weather is good, and they do not stop for long and it can take up to 3 weeks to complete their migration, depending on where it started from and where they are going in the spring.

You have answered my questions and eased my worry about these beautiful birds!  Thanks again. 

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