Orioles

Orioles Have Arrived!! (in the Grand Rapids area including north and south)

One of North America’s most popular fruit-eating birds is the Oriole and we can help you attract them to your yard, especially if you have tall deciduous trees in your area.

Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. Nectar feeders can also be used. Dissolve ¼ cup of table sugar in 1 cup of warm or hot water; cool and fill the feeder. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too.

Oriole Fun Facts

  • When not feeding on nectar, orioles seek out caterpillars, fruits, insects, and spiders.
  • The Oriole nest is an engineering masterpiece. They weave a hanging-basket nest with plant fibers, grasses, vine and tree bark on the branch of a tall tree -up to 45 feet in the air! This keeps them safe from most predators.
  • The Baltimore Oriole is a common inhabitant of suburban landscapes due to is preference for open settings that are bordered with mature trees.
  • Orioles are a member of Icteridae family, meaning that their closest bird relatives include meadowlarks, blackbirds, bobolinks and grackles.
  • The Oriole gets its name from the Latin aureolus, which means golden.

Hummingbirds

There have been a few reports of Hummingbird sightings, too - as far north as Belmont.  They often arrive just a few days after the Orioles, so if you haven't seen them yet, it won't be long now!

We have a large selection of Oriole and Hummingbird feeders, and weather guards in stock.  We also carry a variety of nectar including a powder or liquid concentrate containing Feeder Fresh, a natural micronutrient that prevents spoilage for up to two weeks. For your Orioles, we recommend (and sell) Birdberry jelly which is free from preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. Orioles love it!  You are sure to find everything you need for your Hummingbirds and Orioles here.

 

Avian Flu in the News

Wild Birds Unlimited is closely monitoring the Avian Flu (bird flu) outbreak in the United States and Canada. We are committed to keeping you and your family safe and informed about issues that may affect the hobby of bird feeding. Your safety and the health of birds and wildlife are our primary concern.

We are actively connected with the proper wild bird and health experts to keep our customers informed of any developments that could affect safe backyard bird feeding practices.

Is it Still Safe to Feed the Birds?

There is no need to stop watching, feeding or attracting birds to your yard because of avian flu.
There is no evidence humans are at risk of contracting avian flu from backyard birds or bird feeding.
The backyard birds that visit our feeders appear to be significantly less susceptible and much less likely to become a source for the virus.
As with any bird or animal, wild or domestic, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions after direct or indirect contact. Be careful around animal droppings or water used by birds and animals; wash your hands after contact with soap and water.
It’s always a good idea to practice responsible bird feeding on a regular basis. Clean and sanitize all bird feeders, bird baths and hardware with a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water). Rinse thoroughly and allow to completely dry before refilling feeders and baths.

 


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