How to Attract Orioles to Your Garden
If you are lucky enough to have willows, poplars, elms or cherry trees in your yard, you already have a favorable environment to attract orioles. If you don’t, however, there are still several simple ways to attract orioles to your garden.
What Orioles Like to Eat
Orioles feed on insects and caterpillars, but also like nuts, suet, and fruit such as oranges, cherries, apples, pears or bananas.
As well as offering oriole nectar from the recipe shown below, consider offering chopped fruit on a feeding platform or nailing half an orange to a tree – simply hammer in the nail, then force the nail through the skin of the orange.
You can also slice oranges and suspend them from tree branches from string, twine or hooks. The orioles will love them!
Keep things fresh and mold-free by replacing the fruit daily.
Encourage nesting orioles by offering various nesting materials. Good choices include cat or dog fur, natural fiber dryer lint, or short pieces (3-4 inches) of natural fiber twine and yarn. These enticing home additions can be tucked into tree branches, spread over bushes, or packed into wire suet cages for ready pick-up by the birds.
There’s no need to buy expensive Oriole nectar – make your own, from this simple recipe:
Homemade Oriole Food Nectar Recipe
You Will Need:
1 part sugar/6 parts water
Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/3 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water.
Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
Although commercial oriole food is usually orange colored, do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener to your homemade recipe.
You should clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with your homemade nectar.