Not many birds catch your eye the way Oriole’s do. Their vibrant orange and black colors are almost surreal. To go along with their striking appearance, Orioles have a beautiful song. Which they like to sing in the early morning.For those of us that are lucky enough to have them, we certainly want to keep them. And for those who don’t have them, I’m always asked how to attract them. There are many things you can do to attract them, but first you should understand their habitat and when they are here in our area.
Where they live
Orioles prefer open woodlands, river groves and tall shade trees with shrubby undergrowth. Although, they have adapted well to yards, parks and avenues of trees along streets. They like to nest in tall trees like poplars, willows and cottonwoods. They are also often found near lakes.
What they like to eat & drink
As with attracting any bird, start with a good fresh water supply. Birdbaths are an inexpensive way to enjoy birds. To attract Orioles there are 4 foods that you can offer … nectar, jelly, oranges/fruit and mealworms. Orioles love nectar. They will often drink from hummingbird feeders, but an Oriole nectar feeder is a better design for them. The feeding ports and perches will be the appropriate size. Oriole nectar is typically a little less sweet than hummingbird nectar. Orioles also love grape jelly, and they will eat a bunch of it! The Audubon Oriole feeder, (Pictured left)feeds nectar and jelly. It also has a built in ant guard. Oranges are another favorite of Orioles (Woodpeckers love them too!). The Woodlink Going Green Oriole feeder (pictured right) works with both oranges and jelly. You can also use it to offer mealworms. There are a wide variety of fruit feeders availble, but I find a suet cage works well for orange halves.