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Attracting orioles to your garden

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Do you wish to attract orioles to your garden? Orioles love sweet treats in spring, as they finish their long migrations. Grape jelly and oranges are high-energy foods that give the boost they need. Once nesting season begins, they change their food source to insects, which provide more protein.

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It’s important to have your oriole feeders out at least a week before you expect orioles in your area. If they don’t spot the feeders as soon as they arrive in the spring, they’re unlikely to start using them later.

Quick tips to attract orioles to your garden:

  • Set orange halves in a shallow dish of water to discourage ants.
  • Change out orange halves every day.
  • Orioles also like the same sugar water hummingbirds do, but they are unable to hover around the feeders. Choose a nectar feeder with built-in perches so orioles have a place to land and drink.

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