Stranded Oriole in Minnesota!

by Erik
(St. Michael, MN, USA)

Hello all: I have a question on how to help sustain a male Oriole here in Minnsota. While our winter has not been much of a winter (by our standards anyway), I cannot image how this little fella missed the flight south. In any case, he is looking OK and has been around for 3 days now. I have put out the 'ol standards for him: seeds, tangerine, grape jelly and tried a little peanut butter.

He appears OK, but I do not think this ends well if one of two things doesn't happen: Either he takes off and finds comfort/food in the south, or we try to keep up with sustaining him. I fear the latter may tie him even tighter to my feeder, but am not sure what else to do.

If you can help with a strategy, please contact me - I will watch this area first.
Thanks and Merry Christmas -

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Dec 19, 2015
Stranded Oriole
by: John P

Hi again Erik, I looked up the number for Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, MN and it is: 651-486-9453.

They are also a great resource for help if you have trouble bringing the bird into them and are good at offering help.

You are right that we are having a mild winter thus far, but it could turn nasty fast so thought you might want this as an additional resource.

John - Cottage Grove

Dec 19, 2015
Stranded Oriole in Minnesota
by: John P

In the event it gets to be too challenging for you to care for the Oriole over the winter and if you are close to the Twin Cities area, there is a place called Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located in Roseville, MN which is tops in rehabilitating birds and wildlife and caring for them until they can be released.

I once took several small birds there that had fallen out of a nest and they are excellent. You just bring the bird in and they will do the rest.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

Dec 19, 2015
by: AuntGiki

I had a male Oriole that stayed for the winter and he was fine. I gave him peanuts in the shell, but I had to squish the shell for him. He preferred it that way over having to break open the shell himself. I also named him Princess just for that reason.
But, I'm in NJ and I'm sure my winters are a lot milder than yours. Just help him out it the best u can. You r doing a great job!
Aunt Giki

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