Ultimate Oriole Feeder by Songbird Essentials 12.5" x 12.5" x 9.5" high
It really worked!
I had no recollection of ever seeing a Baltimore Oriole "in the flesh" in my entire 60 year life here in the Detroit area. In conversation with a friend also interested in birding, she told me "They're around, you just can't see them. They're way up in the trees hiding and won't come down unless they have a reason." Huh.
So I decided to take a leap of faith and purchase this super humungous feeder that looks like a flying saucer but is actually an Oriole smorgasbord.
Made up the nectar with cane sugar and water, bought inexpensive grape jelly, and bought an orange. Loaded up the feeder and hung it out in the backyard.
Nobody noticed it for about a week but then the squirrels had a field day with the orange chunks. Hmm, so I bought a clear plastic squirrel baffle and that took care of that. Another couple of days goes by and no action but the orange chunks weren't carried off anymore.
As usual, when you least expect it, an Oriole magically appeared out of somewhere and was hanging on the hang hook checking things out. He took a couple of tentative fly arounds to check things out and then settled on one of the perches.
I gotta tell ya, I was stunned. Beautiful black and orange male. Have never seen anything like it before.
Took a couple sips of nectar, and then spent the next 4 or 5 minutes pecking at the orange chunk nearest him and eating the grape jelly.
Took a picture and posted it to Facebook and have attached it here. He is on the right side of the feeder and came back a couple of more times that day. This feeder really works for us!
May 12, 2014
I love this product.
The Orioles and Mockingbirds brought their babies to this jelly feeder and I have to refill twice a day with grape jam. My only problem is when they land it unscrews the metal holder but that takes a couple weeks so people might want to make sure once a week it is still screwed in tightly. I have told many people about it and we have a ton of Orioles all of a sudden.
June 6, 2014