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Oriole Sightings
updated: Aug 04, 2014, 11:45 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I still have Orioles. Isn't this late ? I tried to get pictures, but they' re so spooky I can't get near them. I think they are a family with chicks. Does anyone else have them this year ?

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 COMMENT 542065 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 11:54 AM

They usually start leaving in September. We have some.


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 11:56 AM

I feel hundreds every year. They usually arrive early April and leave mid-September. August is the busiest month, generally. This year has been especially busy and I have 6-8 at my 5 feeders at one time all day long. There have been 3-4 big, beautiful males at a time recently, when in past years the males seemed to be more solitary. Aren't they lovely? I love watching them feed the young'uns who sit and beg...:) Yesterday I had male and female Black-Headed Grosbeaks, Hooded Orioles, Western Tanager, Titmouse, Black Phoebe, house finches, goldfinches, Western Scrub-Jays, Doves, Towhees, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Yellow Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Anna's and Rufus hummingbirds....and those are the ones I just happened to see. (We live near Modoc/Las Positas, have 10 feeding stations for the various birds, and have been feeding them for close to 30 years here.) Enjoy your orioles!


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 11:57 AM

LOL at my typing...I don't get to "feel" them, but I do feed them.


 COMMENT 542074 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 12:08 PM

We were also feeding them through the middle of September of last year on the Mesa. This year we have more than last year though.


 COMMENT 542078 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 12:43 PM

It's late for us. We feed them every year. They usually arrive in the spring and move on in early summer. This is the latest that we've had them here and they're still going strong.


 COMMENT 542080 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 12:58 PM

They have them in Baltimore from early April to beginning of September. Sometimes they're around in October, but it's been since about 1983.


 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 01:05 PM

Cal Ripken,Jr. 080?


 COMMENT 542084 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 01:06 PM

PAMSB - I think you are the person who posted about the jelly earlier this year. Thank you! They seem to love it.


 COMMENT 542085 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 01:08 PM

I still have both hooded and bullock's/northern orioles at my feeder. Envious of PAMSB as I have never seen a western tanager!


 COMMENT 542096 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 01:32 PM

what do they like to eat from a feeder?


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 01:45 PM

They will eat grape jelly (placed in bowls, Pyrex dishes, hanging on a tray hanger), Oriole nectar (you buy at pet stores/bird stores) and served in an Oriole feeder (much like a hummingbird feeder, but with orange colored flowers), oranges cut in half, ripe apricots with a hole punched in the center, hummingbird feeder solution (sugar water). They are fruit and nectar sippers, not seed eaters.


 COMMENT 542134 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 02:40 PM

We leave the fruit that is up high for them on the peach and plum trees. You can hear them chattering away


 PAGLINSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 03:35 PM

I have a bunch of them! (Maybe some are offspring of the ones who arrived earlier.) They go through a big jar of grape jelly every week (I get it at Smart 'n Final). I was wondering if I'm feeding them too much! The oriole feeder I bought has holes big enough for them to drink through, but the honey bees got in there too, and couldn't get out; so I took the orange top off, stopped the nectar, and just put the jelly in the bottom part. (Found an old orange flashlight rim to insert in the center to attract them.) The males' coloring is so remarkable!


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 03:38 PM

PAGLINSB: I was delighted to find that Costco is carrying the Smuckers grape jelly again. 2 huge jars for less than $5. Works out a few cents cheaper than Smart & Final...:) Mine eat a jar a week, too, and I don't mind buying it at all. They are so wonderful to see.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 03:52 PM

I can't eat oreos anymore I'm diabetic.


 COMMENT 542157P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 03:57 PM

OP: Orioles aren't "spooky." They are, however, easily spooked.

(spooky (adjective): sinister, ghostly. causing fear or unease.
spook (verb): to frighten or unnerve.)


 COMMENT 542172 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 04:55 PM

Please don't feed them jelly made with high fructose corn syrup! Don't eat it yourself either. A little research on google will tell you why.


 COMMENT 542189P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 05:28 PM

I have a few at my feeders finally; yes, they arrived later than usual this year. (I'm downtown near THE high school) Such gorgeous birds!


 COMMENT 542206P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 06:24 PM

Smucker's Grape Jelly (is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, pectin and sodium citrate (an emulsifier). I agree with 172: You aren't doing those orioles/bees any favors by feeding them a bunch of chemicals.

Oranges, apples, peaches, berries and bananas (organic, of course) are more natural and healthful foods you can leave out for orioles. There are special oriole feeders made and sold, where you can impale such fruits and feed the birds.

Or just do what I do and make up that same nectar formula (4 parts water, one part organic sugar) used to feed hummingbirds. Orioles love that nectar, too.

Nectar and fruits, yes. HFCS, no no no.


 BOOKISH agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 08:41 PM

We still have them. They love our kangaroo paws!


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-04 09:23 PM

We have loads of them in our neighborhood near the Wake Center! I counted at least 8 pairs about two weeks ago...not to mention all the babies!

We have lived here since 1993 and I believe this is the largest number in any one season so far. They nest in our palms and elsewhere in the neighborhood.

One year my husband was about to have our palms trimmed and I said, "NO! My orioles are still here!" This was in the beginning of October. They were here until about the 15th.

I love my orioles. It is so much fun to hear them all interact with each other. The acorn woodpeckers sure get upset with them being there as our 80 foot tall palms are the woodpeckers' cache trees for all their acorns.


 COMMENT 542246 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 06:09 AM

They love the figs from our tree!


 COMMENT 542265P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 07:54 AM

Eastside here -- we still have ours. Two pairs, probably. New baby male.


 COMMENT 542312 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 10:00 AM

OP here. Glad to know these guys aren't late to leave. They eat at the hummingbird feeder. I had an Oriole feeder but gave up on it because they ignored it. I have left a few of the yellow flowers off of the feeder and it works fine! And yes, they are easily spooked !


 COMMENT 542331 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 11:14 AM

I live in carp. For the last four years they've arrived on March 10th or 11t. & left in August. they eat from my hummingbird feeder which I only use 1 cup regular sugar and 4 cups water, they also eat fruit from my fruit trees especially the Figs, most of the birds like the figs. I always write down in my phone when I see the first Oriole that's why I know the date.


 COMMENT 542352 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 12:38 PM

I have Orioles in the Las Positas/State Street area. There are at least a couple males and females as well as some juvenile females that visit the feeders a few times a day. You can hear them coming, but they do spook very easily. Like others have said, I pop the yellow flowers off the hummingbird feeders and feed them a sugar and water mixture (1 part sugar, 4 parts water). They muck up the nectar, so change it often. Bees seem to like the nectar as well and crawl into the feeder holes.


 COMMENT 542374 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 01:33 PM

We have had orioles for years. They come in March, although they came in later March this year, and they leave in August or September. They load up on nectar right before leaving. We see them down in Baja in the winter.
The hummingbirds prefer the oriole feeder, and the orioles prefer the hummingbird feeder (with the yellow flower popped off of the hole nearest the window, so we can see them.) They are easily spooked, and when someone moves in the room, they fly off. LOVE them.


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