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Richard Harlow <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 18 May 2019 06:54:54 -0400
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Nope, you are not the only one!
Have two males that have come to the suet feeder. Haven't heard the 
hissing nor behavior that suggests dominance.
One will hang out on the feeder next to the suet feeder while one is 
feeding on suet. The Orioles have been visiting the suet now for 11 days.
The first Oriole was seen on the 7th and a male Scarlet Tanager was 
first seen on the 9th. I have never in my 67 years of birding seen this 
behavior where
both Oriole and Tanager using the suet feeder. The Scarlet Tanager fed 
on suet for 6 days. I'm attributing it to a difficult migration, with 
cool to cold damp to wet weather here and a
lack of insects for food.

Dick Harlow, Middlebury

On 5/18/19 06:36, Veer Frost wrote:
> This is first year Orioles here have come to suet and the two males
> now dominate the feeder...their warning hiss/clicks to each other and
> to other birds is a bit sinister, very effective. Not sure if weather
> /lack of insects is involved in this oriole hunger for suet. Also
> wonder if I'm the only one with a red squirrel problem with orange
> halves ie one here simply guards the fruit until it's finished it. As
> to jelly not having grape I put out lingonberry and the catbirds
> scarfed it.... the comedy of trials and errors : ).Veer Frost,
> Passumpsic NEK
> On 5/17/2019 at 7:44 PM, "Martha Pfeiffer"  wrote:Several years ago I
> put up the red plastic Oriole feeder and didn't have any takers even
> though I did have an Oriole or two passing through in migration.  A
> couple of weeks ago one came to my suet feeder for a flash of a
> second.  Yesterday, another appearance.  This bird went right to the
> suet location but I  had stopped putting it out for a few days because
> of the influx of black birds and Jays.  So off went the Oriole.Today I
> hear one singing near my property.  I would love to know what kind of
> feeder to use - how to put out oranges,  location of feeder, or any
> secret methods of attracting an Oriole.Maeve, your story left me
> yearning!!  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>    Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset