A flash of flame among the spring foliage; a rich, high, whistled song, and everyone knows that the sociable Baltimore Oriole has just returned from Central America.
Not only is he beautiful to look at, he keeps up a rich, ringing, insistent whistle that you can quickly learn to imitate.
Lady Baltimore, who wears a yellowish-olive dress with dusky wings and tail, has the reputation of being one of the finest nest builders in the world.
To the end of a branch of some tall shade tree, she carries grasses, plant fibre, string or bits of cloth. These she weaves and felts into a perfect bag, six or seven inches deep and lines it with finer grasses, hair and wool - a safe, swinging cradle for her babies.
Feeding orioles is very rewarding; brilliant feathers, a rich ringing whistle and not the least bit shy of people.
They frequently take up residence in an inviting backyard with shade trees and food provided.
Insects are the primary food of Orioles - another reason you want to attract them to your yard.
Orioles have quite the sweet tooth - they love to eat fruit and drink nectar from flowers like honeysuckle or nectar feeders.
Making homemade oriole nectar is easy.
Home made Oriole Nectar Recipe
Oriole Bird Feeders
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