For eye-popping color, it’s hard to beat Baltimore orioles (called northern orioles for a while, then back to the earlier name). I had to make a trip to the grocery store today because the birds had wiped out our stock of grape jelly over the weekend. If you want to attract these awesome avians, you need to get going, before they find more appealing places. They’re migrating through now, but some will stay to nest nearby if you’re lucky.
Four or more of the birds at a time gathered at the feeder my husband had rigged up. Key features that attract the orioles are sugar water (as for hummingbirds one part sugar to four parts water), an orange cut in half and grape jelly. We have a special feeder that holds the nectar and has spot for the jelly on top, then lets you slide the orange on the post it hangs from.
The males are the most colorful, while the females are more dusky yellow. This is a great time for watching birds. In addition to the oriole feeder, we have black oil sunflower seeds that were attracting indigo buntings, cardinals and goldfinches. All together they made one spectacular mix of color.