We have had some inquiries about Orioles….where are they? All through spring migration, so many people told us that they had never seen so many Orioles in their gardens & around their feeders! Now…not so much, some not seeing them around at all! We thought this would be a perfect time to address this since folks have asked!
The fact of the matter is, the Orioles are around, you may hear them, you may have a brief visit to your feeders, but they are now busy….with their nests/nestlings! Yes, they do nest in this area should the habitat be favourable. As their young grow, the adults will be searching out & feeding them insects. (this video from June 15 2018)
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If they did nest in your area, don’t be surprised if, in a very short time, you have even more Orioles around your feeders! While you may now want to decrease the food offerings a bit so that you don’t waste or offer spoiled food, at the very least, keep your nectar feeders going! Hummingbirds are around, along with some Orioles….you’ll want them to know they can count on you when needed or when their nestlings fledge, along with prior to their migration south, later in the summer/early fall!
Update - afternoon of June 13 - A few more Oriole sightings around our feeders than there have been in recent days! (Photo below from a previous year, taken on July 8th, close to our feeders)