Baltimore or Orchard Oriole?
Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:08 PM
We are thinking it is a Orchard or Baltimore Oriole but the beak seems much larger than in our "Birds of the Dakota's" book.
I just found this site while trying to identify it. First post. Thanks for any help in advance!
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:44 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:13 PM
You were right to question the bill. "Gros" is a clue to the fact that a Grosbeak has a big bill. Orioles' bills are much thinner and sharper.
Try feeding the Grosbeak grape jelly in a little dish. When I put it out for the Orioles, the Grosbeaks love it. I buy a big jar of the cheap stuff for the birds. A local birder/birding store owner told me that they prefer purple (grape) jelly to any that are red.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:41 PM
i did an expermrnt last summer putting out two different jelly feeders. One with Grape and the other with Strawberry. the first thing i've learned is they all prefer Jam over jelly.
Well, jam is better, but I didn't know the birds knew that. I will try it if anyone ever shows up.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:59 PM
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:16 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:22 PM
What kind of feeder do you use for that?? We have orioles that I'd like to bring in closer (Baltimore and Bullock's).
The bird store had an Oriole feeder that had a hole drilled in it to hold a glass bowl - about the size of one of those Pyrex "custard cups" (I'm probably dating myself here). Also on this feeder are spikes on which to impale orange halves. I got a fair number of wasps in the jelly bowl, though.
I also bought an Oriole feeder which is about like a Hummingbird feeder but probably has bigger holes & it has little indentations to hold jelly (see photo). These did not work well - holders don't hold enough & everything spills & the birds poop in it.
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