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    Default Oriole bonanza

    They just keep coming. There are at least a dozen orioles eating me out of house and home. The spectacular Baltimore orioles dominate, but this year there are more orchard orioles than before. Orchard orioles are very beautiful but in an understated way. Their colors are muted, and unlike their cousins, look like they actually came from this earth.

    Orioles are still arriving, so if you'd like to be a host family put out some food for them. Impale an orange, cut side up on a nail sticking through a piece of wood. Next to the orange attach a small plastic container filled with grape jelly. Elaborate feeder, huh?

    If this year is like the last two their numbers will build until one day near the end of May they all magically disappear.

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    Does it have to be grape?

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    I use grape only because it's so cheap. I'm sure they would like any fruity sugary concoction. Or just sugary. Commercial oriole feeders dispense "nectar" (sugar water) just like hummingbird feeders, except modified for anatomy differences.

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    I always enjoy your photos of the orioles --keep them coming, please!
    I would love to see what a orchard oriole looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomkat View Post
    I always enjoy your photos of the orioles --keep them coming, please!
    I would love to see what a orchard oriole looks like.
    Your wish is my command. Mine are even a little more muted than this orchard oriole I snatched off the web:


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    I am sad because I live fairly close to you - and yet have not seen an oriole this year.
    I have out my bright orange feeder (like the hummingbird feeder) but tomorrow will be adding the real orange and jelly. They are so pretty that I definitely want to attract them back to my yard this year. Thanks for the pictures and report.

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    Question Where Are They?

    The oranges are out. The jelly is out. All the other birds are here (lots of rose-breasted grosbeaks!). No Orioles! There is still time, I guess. SWC, I think my Orchard Orioles are all at your place.

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    The word has apparently gone out.

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    Grammy & island, sadly they snub my place too.
    Orange halves and jelly are in place, but no birdies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeinbavaria View Post
    Grammy & island, sadly they snub my place too.
    Orange halves and jelly are in place, but no birdies.

    ~Quit using the dryer and start hanging outside~Visitors will come~

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