See if you can find this colorful traveler in your neighborhood.
Look in the shade trees along your city street or behind your house. You might notice the orange and black feathers of a northern oriole flashing among the leaves. This tropical bird, sometimes called the Baltimore Oriole, spends the winter in Central America and migrates to the midwest each summer to breed.
Orioles need to live where they can find a steady diet of insects and fruit. In the midwest, these foods are available only during the warmer months. Oranges and grape jelly have successfully been used to attract orioles to backyards. You can learn more on how to attract them in the video below.
During August, orioles migrate to tropical areas in countries such as Costa Rica and Panama. There, closer to the equator, they can find the food they need to survive until they migrate north again in spring, to nest.
Material sourced from former MDC Ornithologist, Brad Jacobs.
Discover more about the Baltimore oriole by visiting the MDC’s Field Guide