Baltimore Oriole
November 3, 2022

Always around Mother’s Day the Oriole’s migrate through and start to look for

their favorite food, oranges. They are a beautiful orange and black bird. The

female bird call is a high pitched short or a high-pitched flutelike sound. The male

has more of a whistling tone.

Mother’s Day in Wisconsin means spring is here, and the garden is coming alive.

The birds are singing and busy building their nests.

Years ago, I bought a special wire feeder for the Oriole’s which accommodates

two orange halves. Always just before Mother’s Day, I pull out the feeder and buy

some oranges. I cut one in half and put it in the feeder on the porch. And

wait. After a few days they do show up and they are soooooo pretty.

Watch when the adult birds disappear for about three to four weeks. This usually

means their babies have hatched and they are busy feeding them. After the one

month break from feeding them you should start putting out oranges, sugar

water and grape jelly. This breed of bird is very private about rearing its young.

If you are lucky, you will get to see their young. The babies are not as bright

orange as the adult males. They are more yellow than orange on their chest and

their wing feathers are more brown than black.

My husband and I enjoy watching the birds and look forward to seeing them

every year.