Attracting Orioles


After my post last week on attracting the Bullocks Oriole to a feeder outside our kitchen window I received several emails asking what specific feeder I use.  It is one I purchased at a local feed store and I don’t know the brand but I do know it was designed specifically for Orioles.  I have included a couple of photos at the end of this post if that helps to find one that works for you.

On another note, our Orioles seem to have become more brave as time goes by.  We can now easily watch them out the window without them always flying away.  We have at least one breeding pair and one additional male.  We may have two breeding pairs though.  The two males we see are easy to tell apart, but the females are much harder.  Also, in addition to their beautiful song we can hear when they are up in the trees, the males have become even more vocal when at the feeder.  There they often make a very shrill, short, sharp, single note call.  Almost as if they are being territorial or announcing to their mates that we have replenished the jelly.

I plan to try again to see if I can get a photo out the window and will post them if I am successful.  For now, here are a couple photos of the feeder.  Mainly they eat the jelly, but sometimes they also drink the sugar water through the 4 holes in the lid.

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1 RK Henderson

Thanks again, Will. I never would have thought of this.


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2 Tony McGurk

I’ve never heard of this species of birds before. I’ll have to Google pictures of them. Where we moved to is in a very quiet street with a golf course at the end of the street. Lots of trees around & we have a large Bottlebrush tree in our front yard which attracts nectar eating Wattlebirds. There are birds everywhere here including Magpies & Kookaburras. In the other house on the very nousy main road we only got sparrows & blackbirds, I love them too but it’s nice to have ore variety.
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3 Will

When I lived in San Francisco there were a lot of Bottle Brush trees, native to your part of the world. I really liked them but can’t have them in areas where it gets cold in the winter.


4 Tony McGurk

P.S. I’m already planning my new veggie garden for this home. Winter starts here tomorrow so I have plenty of time till planting season arrives.
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5 Will

Interesting that the official season change is June 1st there. Here summer starts on the day when the sun is farthest north and winter on the day when it is farthest south, this year:

SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 1:14 A.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 6:12 A.M. EST


6 Tony McGurk

We have winter as mentioned and…
Spring = 1 Sept
Summer = 1 Dec
Autumn = 1 Mar
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