May 1, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, April 2019

Want to Attract Orioles? Here Are a Few Tips!

Baltimore orioles are fond of fruit, such as orange halves.
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Want to try luring orioles to your feeders? Here are a few tips!

  • First, catch their eye. Tie a brilliant orange ribbon or a bunch of silk flowers to your feeders.
  • Offer fruit. Halved oranges can be impaled on sturdy dowels stuck into the ground under drooping tree branches. Stick a few atop a fence, on nails on your deck railing, or anywhere orioles are likely to see them.
  • Nectar can be offered in a short, wide-mouthed jar (baby food or condiment jars are ideal). Twist a wire around the jar neck, add a bright ribbon or silk flower, and fill with a 4:1 water/sugar solution. There's no need to add coloring to the nectar. Hang near large trees.
  • Some people swear by grape jelly as an oriole pleaser. You can offer it in the same small jars described above.
  • Once they're coming to your feeding station, offer suet, chopped summer fruits, and mealworms.


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