We're in the Edmonton area and it's been unseasonably warm here. Today it is 23*C. Would it be too early to put out an oriole feeder? How often should I change the water in my feeder?
Hi noudder !
Welcome to Bird Watching from Massachusetts !
I'll be putting out an Oriole nectar feeder and a small dish of grape jelly this coming week since I saw the first Baltimore Orioles of the season last year on April 29th. I'd rather be early than late ! Not sure when they arrive in your area. Maybe some of our members from your area will offer their advice ! Do you offer both sugar water and grape jelly ? Sometimes I put out oranges, but they seem more interested in the water & jelly....however the squirrels love oranges !
I'll put out my oriole feeder in the morning, then. It's 24.2*C now, but might be cooling off soon, so morning may be better. There is a call for thundershowers in the afternoon, and by Wednesday cooler again. Maybe I'll just put it on the table for now. I'm very new to orioles. ...saw one last Spring and it drank 1/2 an orange. I put out grape jelly but never saw it again. So I bought a special oriole feeder, will prepare sugar water and hope to attract it back.
It is better to put out your feeder too early then too late. I put out my hummingbird feeder yesterday, even though the earliest I have seen Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles is the last week in April. My Orioles never drank from my Oriole feeder and prefer my hummingbird feeders. I even tried hanging my Oriole feeder next to the Hummingbird feeder on a double shepard hook and the Baltimore Orioles still went to the Hummingbird feeder. I assume its because more people feed Hummingbirds and the Orioles have discovered that the red hummingbird feeders (which are plentiful) contain sugar water and may not realize that the feeders with the orange color on them also have the same thing. (If you think about it, it makes sense. How many people actually use a Oriole feeder?) Do you make your own sugar water? Just mix one part sugar to four parts water and do not add any kind of food coloring since it could be harmful to the birds. Change the sugar water when it starts to turn cloudy, every 2 or 3 days, depending on the temperature. The hotter it is the quicker it spoils.
Last year my orioles went to the hummie feeder but I have both mainly for the color. Have only had them twice in the last 20 yrs. so I hope I'm lucky again! I always put mine out way to early and change the sugar water but I'm not taking any chances, they are suppose to be in my area about now.
Yes, I make my own sugar water. We find that we get more hummers if I use a tad more sugar than 1-4...somewhere between 1-4 and 1-3. As for the orioles, we've only seen one once and hope to attract it again. I will try the water, the 1/2 orange and the grape jelly. Will let you know what happens.
Now, if the orange "skins" over, will the birds still push their beaks in to sip the nectar?
Welcome from lower Michigan. I usually put my feeders out about the 1st of May. I have at least 2 pairs of orole's and a few hummer's. It is hard to know how many for sure. I try to look for the different markings on the orioles, but it rather hard to do. I had one last year that had lots of black on it. So nice to see and watch.
Zone 4 Even though I haven't seen a hummingbird or oriole, I still put out the feeders so when I see one then I fill it, worked last year.
I have my Oriole feeder out already. I use orange halves and jelly. I haven't seen one yet, but I am usually late and hear him before I get them out. Mine seems to love the oranges and jelly, won't touch hummie or oriole sugar water for some reason, maybe somebody else has one in the neighborhood he likes?
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