Oriole


(Stratford, Ontario, Canada)

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

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I have seen it only once in my yard. So beautiful. It sat there for a few minutes and went away.

Would they come back? I am in the Stratford-Waterloo region.

Baltimore Orioles are in Southern Ontario during the summer and can be attracted to your garden by filling an Oriole feeder with nectar and hanging it where the Orioles can reach it.

Another, quicker alternative, is to cut an orange in half and place each half on the small branch of a tree (cut side up), where the fragrance and colour of the fruit will attract these beautiful birds.


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Sep 27, 2017
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Orioles
by: Bonnie

Yes the Orioles left early this year, but we had lots of them. See you next year guys and gals.

Aug 25, 2017
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In the vine
by: Anonymous

Are they common feeders on a trumpet vine?Burlington, Ontario August 26 2017.

Yes, I do believe that Orioles will feed from Trumpet Vines.

Aug 22, 2017
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Orioles seem to be gone early this year
by: Dave

Unfortunately, it's that time of year; the Orioles have mostly left the Camlachie area. It's been a good year - lots of males and females this year, but the feeder isn't going empty nearly as fast as it was a few short weeks ago. The young ones have been introduced to our feeder, so they'll be back next year. They are also more skittish, or timid, than the older ones, but that happens every year.

Oh well, hurry back after winter. Our other birds, redwing blackbirds, cow birds, black birds, even the robins have disappeared a little on the early side. Swallows are gone, too. Perhaps it's an indication of a long winter. Hope not, but we'll find out.

Aug 18, 2017
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Overload
by: Susan Bradley

We live in the Grand River area of southern Ontario we started this spring with our liquid feeder and grape jelly dish (3 inch custard dish) for our pair. Then all hell broke loose. We have ended up with at least 5 pairs and countless little ones. We added another feeder to help. We go through at least a jar of jelly a day sometimes with up to 7 birds at or waiting for the feeder at once! At least 30 jars of Welch's jelly so far. It has been a great show!

Aug 09, 2017
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Enjoying our Orioles!
by: Carol

This is the first year that we have had Orioles at our feeder. They really like the grape jelly! The male Oriole eventually brought the young Orioles to sample the grape jelly and they continue to frequent the feeder. Some Robins also come to the feeder for grape jelly. Recently, the birds have been bothered by wasps that also like the jelly.

Aug 07, 2017
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Oriole and Hummie feeder visited by Downy Woodpecker!
by: Susy

We now have a regular visitor at our feeders... the Woodpecker is enjoying the sugar water!!

Aug 04, 2017
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Orioles in Mt Hope
by: Susy

We had Orioles come back in spring time ... oranges and grape jelly ... then gone in to the woods although we heard them. Now, in early August they came back and we have oranges out again. Such a strong whistle-song and oh...so...beautiful!

Jul 30, 2017
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Families of Orioles... Grape Jelly
by: Ann P

We seem to have 2 families Orioles in our back yard. They have increased from our first sighting of a single male (about 2 years ago) to now. We started with putting a few slices of oranges out but our focus was on the bluejays and cardinals and finches. This year, we bought a large Oriole feeder and tried making the nectar but nothing was happening. The clerk at WildBirds in Guelph suggested putting spoonfuls of Grape Jelly (not jam) on the feeder... well, now its grand central station. We should have bought a case of grape jelly - have gone through at least 12 jars. At key feeding times we have 4-5 Orioles on the feeder and even had a Grosbeak sampling the jam. It's a delight. We buy PC Grape Jelly (Zehrs and Shoppers Drug Mart) stock it.

Jun 25, 2017
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Oriole feeder empty
by: Bonnie

OK folks ... I found the culprit!! The chipmunk..he tips it and laps the nectar up, so we moved the feeder. I was hanging clothes on Saturday and he came right up on the stoop - he is far too bold. The idiots across the street feed the chipmunks, we have asked them to stop, but they won't.

Jun 23, 2017
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What is drinking the Oriole nectar?
by: Bonnie

So far this week every morning the feeder is empty.
What animal would drink it? There is no way the Orioles are drinking half a feeder full in the mornings?
Please help someone. We thought it was bats at night, so last night we put it in the garage and brought it back out this morning.

May 28, 2017
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Orioles
by: Anonymous

We live in the Stratford area and about the end of April we put out our Oriole feeder with nectar as well as orange halves. We have several Orioles feeding all day long ... have gone through a bag of oranges and a small box of nectar. This is a small price to pay for the enjoyment we get watching them. It is now the beginning of June and are hoping we get to see some babies soon.

May 23, 2017
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Orioles
by: Merlin

We just had our first Oriole come to our feeder. Oranges, grape jelly and nectar out, using two different feeders. Hopefully they come back. May 23, 2017 in Brights Grove, Ontario.

May 17, 2017
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Norwood Ontario Orioles
by: Anonymous

I'm in Norwood Ontario and there are two in my yard right now 8 am. Beautiful sound. I've never heard it before and I had to YouTube the song. Hopefully they stay.

May 16, 2017
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Oriole
by: Mark

Hi all.
I live in Princeton Ontario. I have been feeding them for 3 years. Saw first Oriole this year on May 9 2017. I put the feeder out with grape jelly on May 1. Now have 3 pairs. They love the jelly as well as the nectar in the flowers in our crab apple tree! So enjoyable to watch them! Now first Hummingbird back on the May 13th.

May 15, 2017
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Feeder location
by: Anonymous

Can I hang the Oriole feeder near the hummingbird feeder? I've never seen an Oriole but I'd like to give it a try as others have seen them around here (Pigeon Lake, Kawartha)

Yes, you can place them near each other.

We only put up an Oriole feeder because the Hummingbirds also feed from it, and they both drink nectar.

May 09, 2017
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May 9th Wainfleet Sighting
by: MooseMantheBullie

A Baltimore Oriole couple are back from last year;
Today was my first sighting of the lovely pair at the Hummingbird Feeder. I placed some tangerines on
Top; they enjoyed them last year as a periodic treat.

May 06, 2017
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Beautiful Baltimore Orioles
by: Anonymous

Orioles arrived in my yard on April 27th 2017, a week earlier than last year. My feeders were ready and there are now 2 males coming. No females yet.(Port Dover Ontario) Maybe they are the same ones that came last year and stayed all summer. Fantastic to see them bring their young to the feeders! I feed grape jelly. I water it down a bit and mix it up so its more of a drink for them because the jelly is thick and sticky and the orioles shake their head to get it off their beaks and it can stick to their bodies. Not good for the females sitting on their eggs as the stickiness could suffocate the eggs.
Please DO NOT USE FOOD COLORING IN YOUR SUGAR WATER, for Orioles or Humming birds. It can be HARMFUL. A solution of plain water (1 cup) to 1/4 cup of sugar will work. I wish they would ban this colored nectar! Make your own, it costs a lot less and change it regularly. I also feed the Orioles orange halves but they really favor the grape jelly! Such a beautiful bird with a beautiful song!
Keep on Birding!

May 02, 2017
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Lovely surprise
by: Betty

This morning, May 2, 2017 my husband called me over to look at the patio door. To my surprise there was an Oriole looking into the house. What a beautiful sight on such a dreary, rainy day. I have had the Hummingbird feeder out for a few days, so maybe that is what attracted him. Nice surprise.

May 01, 2017
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First Oriole sighting!
by: Anonymous

Saw the first Oriole today (in Waterloo); what a welcome sight on this dreary day. This is only my second year here, I assume the hummingbirds should arrive any moment? Has anyone seen any yet?

Apr 21, 2017
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Be cautious with grape jelly
by: Judy

They love the grape jelly, but be cautious, as I have heard twice of the babies and one adult getting their wing stuck in the grape jelly and the outcome was not good, so if you use grape jelly make it sparse and change it frequently so that it does not get too sticky.

Apr 19, 2017
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Sightings April 2017
by: Bonnie

Dear Anonymous - April 14th? Where do you live that you have seen Orioles already? I have my feeder & a cut orange ready for them. We live on Lake Scugog in Kawartha Lakes. Thanks.

Apr 14, 2017
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Feeding Orioles
by: Anonymous

I put 1/2 of a orange to attract them and beside that I have a small dish of grape jelly, once they find the jelly they will rarely touch the orange so I discontinue it and use just jelly. I end up with several Orioles, so it is a lot cheaper to feed the jelly than buying oranges, and they prefer the jelly.

May 20, 2016
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Oranges for Orioles
by: Bonnie

So I put their feeder out the second week of May, and a cut orange. Well, so far I have been thru half a bag of oranges and bought more nectar food yesterday!! They sure like their oranges. It is right beside their feeder in a semi dead sucker tree.

Apr 26, 2016
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April 26/16 Oriole mishap
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am from Camlachie, Ontario and look forward to the Orioles each year...but they don't touch my oranges only grape jelly. Make sure you have a shallow dish though, I use a plant base dish. Last year a baby somehow fell into it..maybe the jelly was sticky and its wing caught in it. When I found him I was able to free him but he passed away afterward.
Thinking he was stressed or dehydrated? Who knew something so stupid could happen. Of course I felt awful.

Apr 13, 2016
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When to put Oranges out?
by: Anonymous

I live in Windsor, Ontario. When should I put my feeders and oranges out? We had a pair of nesting Orioles in the summer of 2015 and are hoping they will return.

Apr 12, 2016
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Feeding Orioles for 20 years
by: Dave

I put Oriole feeders out 20 years ago. First year we had a few, second year they showed up at our feeding pole but I didn't have feeder out yet. They came back to where they were familiar. Some young ones had to learn how to feed from it. Must have been new brood from down south, following older ones. By accident, I put a hummingbird feeder on the same pole. One yellow flower was missing so the hole was bigger. Orioles discovered this and take to this feeder even more. I just use 1/4 cup white sugar to one cup water, with 4 drops red food colouring. They prefer this to orange nectar mix. Some years we have dozens fighting for food. We live in Camlachie near Sarnia, and I'm waiting for this year's arrival. We have many gorgeous photos. Orioles are timid when they arrive, but gain confidence after a while, and don't mind humans if you are slow moving and about 30 feet away.

Jul 12, 2015
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Baltimore Orioles
by: Anonymous

We received a bright orange feeder as a gift, we also put half cut of orange in one side and grape jelly on the other. Amazing to watch, they will come 2 at a time and take turns feeding. We have to fill it every other day. Beautiful to watch. We live in Point Edward, Ontario.

Apr 22, 2015
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A great way to attract Orioles that no one has mentioned
by: Jesse M

I am in Thorndale, Ontario just north of London and live out in the country. I am not sure if I have just been lucky in attracting Orioles, but last spring in late April I started cutting oranges in half sideways and putting them on young branches and or nails pounded lightly into the trees. Within a week 2 males showed up with their female partners (4 in total). The birds ate on average 1 half orange per day. They ate them right out until they were hollow peels. After a few weeks of feeding them and being able to spot them regularly, I noticed that the youngest female had found a hanging branch that she particularly liked (which was directly over my front porch). She found some dead grass and a bit of old bailer twine and started to hang the pieces of material off the branch randomly. In my excitement I took a bunch of random yarn and string and started basically taking it apart until it was many small fibres, about 1 ft in length. I proceeded to place the fibres out for the young oriole beside her oranges she was so used to eating. For the next 7 to 10 days I continued placing the fibre out for her as she continued to grab it piece by piece and fly it up to her branch. She wove a beautiful basket out of the microfibre string that I had made for her. Once she had completed it she constantly maintained it and never went far. I could not see inside the nest because of its height, but I assumed that she had young in the nest because she and the male were always carrying bugs and berries into the nest. Sometime in July I started to see 1 little head always poking out of the basket. As soon as the baby could fly around the first of August, all 5 birds left together. The nest however made it unscathed through the winter, and is waiting for their return. I really hope that I have given somebody a few ideas on how you can help these great birds enjoy their summer in Canada, and successfully reproduce. (I also tried shot glasses full of grape jelly and they did eat it, but definitely seemed to prefer the halved oranges).

Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas, I'm sure you will inspire others to try this!

Sep 03, 2014
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When do Orioles go south
by: Gerry

When do the Orioles start to fly south? I thought it was right after the young were big enough to make the trip. The latest I have seen them in the past was mid August. We still have about 8 to 12 birds feeding (September 3, 2014). I thought they would have all left by now.

Aug 31, 2014
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Oriole watch
by: Mary

Had an amazing summer watching the Orioles - not sure how many pairs lived in my trees, but I saw as many as 4 males at one time. The babies started coming and I ended up putting a chicken waterer on my railing to keep up with feeding them (as many as 10 young at a time). It is now the end of August and they appear to have left - look forward to next year.

Jul 22, 2014
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Hummingbird feeder
by: Ben

07/22/2014 Sitting on deck early evening in Ajax and 2 Orioles are feeding from the Hummingbird feeder, amazing and a beautiful sight. This is a new happening in our backyard. Now if only the Hummingbirds would show up all would be perfect.


They say that you can put out half an orange and it will attract the Orioles, just put it on a branch with a twig poking through to hold it in place, cut side up.

Jul 16, 2014
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Attracting Orioles
by: Anonymous

Yes, grape jelly does attract Orioles. I started putting it out last year. So far this year I have gone through 12 500 ml jars of grape jelly. I put it out about the end of April. I have it on a hanger with a squirrel baffle on the pole. Other birds do not seem interested in it although the odd Robin has gone to it this year. I had eight Orioles hanging around it today waiting their turn. Quite a few are the babies being fed by the mother.
Dave Mechar Waterdown Ont. July 9th 2014.

Jul 11, 2014
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Sighting
by: Kitty

We live in Minesing, Ontario, home of the great Minesing Wetlands. This is the first year that I noticed Orioles feeding from my hummingbird feeder. There were about four total last night, what an awesome sighting.

Jun 02, 2014
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Baltimore Orioles
by: Diane

I live in Welland Ontario. I wanted to know if Orioles are in this area, I have put out a feeder for a few days and have not seen a Oriole.

I'm not sure, but I would think you'd see them in your area. We get them here, near London, and they visit our Hummingbird feeders also.

Jun 24, 2010
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Try Grape Jelly
by: Carrie

We've have had the Oriole come each spring (mid May) and stay for about 2-3 weeks. This year I tried something different.

I heard they like grape jelly. There are actual bird feeders that are made to store 1/2 cut oranges and a little bowl for grape jelly.

They have been here now for almost 7 weeks and now we are seeing the babies come to the feeders. Thanks to whoever thought of grape jelly.

They are wonderful to have as backyard guests and even more wonderful when they bring their little ones to enjoy the new menu.

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