In response to my whining about having no success enticing orioles to my
feeders, two people asked why there's a "need" to put out food for this species.
There isn't a need – not from the birds' perspective - to put out feeders for
the vast majority of the feathered creatures we humans spend millions on.
Studies have shown they do very well without feeders. The need is within us: to see
beauty closer to us than it might be without feeders, to feel that we might
be making life a little easier for birds, and to expand what each of us knows
about birds by observing the interactions and behaviors at our feeders.