Hummingbird feeders and Orioles!
by Cindy Thill
(High Desert Mountains, So. Calif.)
Its amazing how many birds our little Hummingbird feeders will actually attract. Here are some pictures of different Orioles at one of my feeders.
Depending on which area you are in, they might help you identify some of the birds at your feeder's. These are just a few.
They include the Hooded Oriole, The Scott's Oriole, and the Bullock's Oriole.
Orioles have one of the prettiest songs.. whistle like melodies.. and each species just a little different to its own. I can always tell which of them are at the feeder, by their song.
It's said that the Orioles like grape jelly, and oranges.. and while I see them check those out, it is always the hummingbird feeder that they will go to first!
I have a few feeders out there, so that the Hummingbirds can get to one or the other if they are around.
I have pictures of the Hummingbird and the Ladderbacked Woodpecker perched together on the feeder,(an unbelievable site) the Verdin and the hummer, and the House Finch and the Hummer!
Occassionally they seem to peacefully share together. The Orioles however, wont tolerate any other bird or even other Orioles, with the exception of their own young at the feeders, while they are there!
Enjoy your bird watching this summer!! I hope this helps some of you!
Thanks a bunch for the photos Cindy. I'm sure it will help countless visitors figure out what Orioles are coming to their Hummingbird Feeders.
You're correct about the oranges and grape jelly. While I go through an orange a day and a quart of grape jelly a week. The hummingbird feeder is always empty. Thanks again,