Attracting Baltimore Orioles……My Secret

Since creating my protected areas for birds, I was always hopeful that I could attract Baltimore Orioles. If I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive birds, it was early in May. My attempts to keep them around my bird gardens were  quite futile.

I had always read that the trick was to put oranges out and also to purchase oriole nectar feeders. I did both of these things but found that after a visit or two in the early spring, the oranges would spoil without a sign of even a nibble. I wondered if the problem was the lack of a stream near our house. Early this year I read that orioles love grape jelly. Thinking it was worth a try, I found some different containers, an oriole feeder with a well for nectar, a half orange, and jelly.

I was in luck! In May, shortly after setting up a few homemade feeders and those that I purchased,  I saw a pair of Baltimore Orioles using the different feeders. By far, the favourite food was the jelly. I eventually gave up on the oranges because unless I hollowed them out and filled them with grape jelly, they were ignored.  After a short hiatus, the pair were back with their young! I took photos of them through my front glass door so those that I will share with you may not be the best quality. Also, the various feeders and perches are functional rather than works of art. The one pretty purple one confused one of the little “guys”.  You’ll see him trying to eat a glass berry!

It is the end of July. I rarely see the parents but numerous times a day the juveniles come either together or on their own for their treat.

If you want to attract orioles, you just might want to invest in a few jars of grape jelly and find a way to hang them in your garden. IMG_8792 IMG_8964 Juvenile Baltimore Oriole Juvenile Female and Male Baltimore Oriole Juvenile Oriole Trying to Eat Berries Love that Grape Jelly Male Balltimore eating Grape Jelly Male Baltimore Oriole and Baby while Feeding Male Baltimore Oriole and Baby Male Baltimore Oriole at Oriole Feeder Male Baltimore Oriole Eating Grape Jelly Young Baltimore Oriole

About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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11 Responses to Attracting Baltimore Orioles……My Secret

  1. How absolutely wonderful! I also love Baltimore Orioles. Their coloring and scarcity in these parts make them so special. Where I grew up in Fenwick Ontario(near Fonthill), we had a mulberry bush at the end of our driveway. They always seemed to show up for the mulberry season. Amazing that they moved in with their family!


  2. Debi says:

    Grape jelly is my favorite also. Great job!

  3. LindA says:

    Wonderful pictures Jane. You certainly have a way with birds who would have thought grape jelly would entice them. I forwarded the pictures to some of my friends out here who also love birds. take care and hopefully talk to you soon.

  4. Your Orioles arrived, congratulations Jane!

    Timing, the right environment and of course an Oriole menu… they cannot resist.

    Wonderful series 🙂

  5. Loreen says:

    I really need to get some grape jelly!

  6. Michelle says:

    WOW Jane!!! Those are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Gloria Tuerk says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures Jane. My computer fried in July and I just recently got a new one, Thanks for sharing

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