Northern Oriole and Ruby Throat Hummingbird

by John
(Cottage Grove, MN)

We had moderate temperatures here in Cottage Grove, MN. on Wednesday but with high humidity.


This influx of warmer southern air brought with it a male Northern Oriole to our oriole feeding station and also a male Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the hummingbird nectar feeder.

I suspect these were two of the earliest arrivals of this year's migration as it rained on and off for Thursday and Friday and neither of these visitors has yet to return.

Once the temperatures bounce back up I suspect the activity to also increase as last year on the same date with warmer temps we saw a flurry of Orioles visiting the feeders along with Yellow Warblers, hummingbirds and even a few Bluebirds all on the same day.

Yellow Warblers and Bluebirds love dried mealworms in dish or cage feeders.

Cage feeders help keep the Starlings away from the dried mealworms.

The Yellow Warblers also like mealworm suet this time of year which you can find at most any store selling bird seed.

I also put out black oiler sunflowers at this time of year with the hope of attracting the beautiful male Indigo Bunting which is a stunning blue color with black accents.

Rose Breasted Grosbeaks like the same black sunflower seeds. They may also be attracted to jelly feeders as they like much of the same food as preferred by Northern Orioles.

I have yet to get a Scarlet Tanangers or Rose Breasted Grosbeak to come to feeding stations but since they both like the same food preferred by the Northern Oriole I remain hopeful one of the times I will get lucky enough to see them.

I once was lucky enough to get a male Indigo Bunting to visit one year in June and it was well worth the wait!!

This is one of the best times of the year to catch a variety of beautiful migrating birds just by feeding them as they are hungry from the long migration trip back to northern nesting sites.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

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May 10, 2015
Thank You
by: John

Hi Judy,

Thanks for your comments.

I have seen both the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanangers at other locations other than my own back yard but I am still hopeful I might get them one of these days.

The Hummingbird and the Northern Oriole were both very visible but only for a short period of time and too difficult to get good pictures but the male looked like a Halloween bird with bright orange and black coloration.

I think I need to get a good wildlife camera to take pictures because I have difficulty getting close up photos of birds that I can post on line.

Fortunately we have been able to see Orioles, Bluebirds, Cardinals and other assorted birds at the feeder but the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and Tanangers are still on our most wanted wish list.

You are lucky to get Evening Grosbeaks as we don't see them in the southern part of the state but they are common in the northern part of MN.

John - Cottage Grove

May 09, 2015
Great story and info!
by: Judy-Seattle

John, I enjoyed reading about the great variety of migrating birds visiting your feeders. You have some really beautiful birds to watch. Have been able to take photos of them? I wish we had the Rose-breasted Grossbeak in the Pacific Northwest.. We have the Evening Grossbeak.

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