Oh, was I excited! I peeked out the window and was I surprised to see a bird on the hummingbird feeder. A brilliant colored bird that I had never seen in real life before. I knew from its plumage it was a Baltimore Oriole. The vivid orange and black bird was stunning. Although they are common in eastern North America’s open woods and backyards during the summer, this migratory bird was a newcomer to my yard.
In summer, Baltimore Orioles feed mostly on insects, especially caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, bugs, as well as spiders and snails. They will eat berries and sometimes cultivated fruit, visit flowers for nectar and, as I learned after seeing them at the hummingbird feeder, they will come to sugar-water feeders just like mine.
I researched and learned the first couple of weeks of May is their migration time. That’s an orange slice on the feeder because I read Orioles like oranges. In size, these songbirds are smaller and more slender than an American Robin. Adult males are bright orange and black, with a solid-black head and one white bar on their black wings. Females and immature males are yellow-orange on the breast, grayish on the head and back, with two bold white wing bars.
I don’t think the hummingbirds shared my excitement about newcomers at the feeder!
Who’s visiting your yard these days?
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