Yes, I have had Baltimore and Orchard orioles come to my hummingbird feeders the past 3 years and just saw 1 of each this week, actually before my hummers came (they are here now). I have a good setup for the nectar feeders. Mine hang from my backyard deck railing which is about 10′ from ground (have a walkout basement and deck is above the door) and DH (dear hubby) fixed them up so that the feeders are tied up to a metal rod and the orioles cannot tip the feeder and waste nectar. Otherwise I would have sugar water spilled on the deck floor & ground all the time.
Absolutely, Tammy – watched both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles today at my nectar feeder, as well as a hummer or two. What a sight those Baltimores are close up! I just made some more nectar and filled two glass feeder up, well 1/2 way up – I like to keep it fresh. I am going to try to get a picture of them feeding when I can.
No to both questions – I can’t see any reason to use expensive grape jelly when they go for the cheaper sugar water. As far as nesting, I have enough trouble keeping my bluebirds in good shape and don’t need any more to worry about. I am not a youngster any more, and this is all I want, but I do enjoy watching them all. Just saw a Downy woodpecker at the nectar feeder this morning – they are cool also.
They usually visit my yard and hummingbird feeders in the spring for a week or two but I haven’t seen any this year. I always cut oranges in half and put them in the yard with the other feeders. They love them.
This is Carol from Mid-Missouri – just got a great capture of the Baltimore Oriole at my hummer feeder. Notice the rods on the side of the nectar bottle, which holds it solid and they are unable to tip it, but still can drink. I just untie the bottle from the rods to refill it and usually leave one of the bee guards off so it is easier for them.