Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:19 PM
My dilemma is that I would normally put nectar out for the hummers around now, and I am happy not to if it means attracting them too close to the Orioles (I have mature honeysuckle for them if they come naturally). Am I thinking about this in the right way, or being overly cautious now I am going to be an Oriole grandparent?!
Is there anything else I should think about? I dont want to put out food if it attracts any other birds to their private site and I'll chase the cats away until they've fledged safely. I suspect this is a ridiculous question but nonetheless, I need to ask it!
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:41 PM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:15 PM
I am glad you answered this. I had looked at it earlier but didn't have any experience with both birds at the same time. I was assuming both would have been fine together. This is our first year getting hummingbirds to come to a feeder, but we're still waiting for the orioles. They ate oranges last year, never touching the oriole feeder we put out.
You get some beautiful birds!
Life list (non ABA)- 204 Latest: Scarlet Tanager
Coolest: Audubon's Warbler
2013 Year list- 165
Yard list- 108 Latest: Scarlet Tanager
Coolest: Lesser Yellowlegs (This bird was terribly lost during our May snow, we are near no shore for this shorebird)
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:46 PM
Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:32 AM
I have seen Orioles for three years passing by, coming down on occasion but never stopping for long, so I am thrilled they are here. I knew they were diving in to eat the jelly last year but never when I could see! Now, I have this beautiful male coming in and out with the female every 10 mins or so, they are stunning and working so hard
Love the photos, very cool to see the tanagers as well, never seen a real one.... the Scarlet is one of my thus called "nemesis birds" though!.
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