Our suet feeder is the most colorful place in town. Hairys and Downys, RBGs, Orioles and now bluebirds. Never seen bluebirds at a feeder before. The oriole pair has been here for a week and also shares the hummingbird feeder with the hummers. The feeders are more fun than watching TV!
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> On May 18, 2019, at 6:54 AM, Richard Harlow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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