Baltimore Orioles

I usually start seeing this species in our area from mid-to-late September through the cold winter months. Many of them migrate south of Tallahassee but quite a few of them remain here taking advantage of backyard bird feeders and fruit trees. If you’re interested in getting an oriole feeder for your yard, get one that accommodates grape jelly and place it on a shepherd’s hook near an evergreen tree or shrub. Lots of other birds will eat grape jelly as well. Orange-crowned Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Summer Tanager have all visited our grape jelly feeders in the past. We have had 2 Western Tanagers and a Bullock’s Oriole as well; both rare visitors to Tallahassee. If you’re not into backyard bird feeding try seeing orioles in our city parks. I have seen them eating the fruit from dogwood trees at Maclay Gardens State Park in past years and on beauty berry bushes around the city.


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