We have had Baltimore (Northern?) Orioles nest in the big
Eastern Cottonwood in front of the Knoll Farm farmhouse since I have been on
the farm (May 1957). The last few years, a pair has built a nest in a
near-by maple but always within fifty feet of the house. They come every
year between May 5 and 9th and we listen to the male sing and watch the nest
being built and the youngsters fledge.
It has never even occured to us to put out food for them. One
year there was 6" of snow in mid-May. I saw the orioles scratching and
feeding on the ground in the apple orchard. They survived and raised a
family in the cottonwood.
I don't quite understand why there is a need to put out
food for these adaptable birds.
Ann B. Day, Fayston, Mad River Valley
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From: "- Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:00 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] I thank you all...
> ... and I hope my orioles will too. I just moved my nectar feeders
> to an apple tree and tomorrow I'll buy some oranges.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center