Oriole Bird Feeders Fort Myers FL

Local resource for oriole bird feeders in Fort Myers, FL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to oriole bird feeders, discount oriole bird feeders, oriole bird houses, and oriole bird seed, as well as advice and content on attracting orioles, identifying orioles, and oriole watching.

The Home Depot
(239)437-6333
14655 S Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(239)242-8093
2508 Skyline Blvd
Cape Coral, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(239)947-5868
11941 Bonita Bch Rd SE
Bonita Springs, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Cape Coral City Nursery
(239) 549-4606
3106 SW 20th Ave
Cape Coral, FL
 
Village Landscape
(239) 542-8318
828 SE 43rd St
Cape Coral, FL
 
The Home Depot
(239)278-5201
3402 Forum Blvd
Fort Myers, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(239)656-3033
3031 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

McCoy Trucking and Sod, Inc.
(239) 461-2791
3657 Highland Ave
Fort Myers, FL

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Usa Mulch
(239) 489-3455
7940 Mainline Pkwy
Fort Myers, FL

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Roys Landscape Maintenance
(239) 574-2739
1116 SE 5th Ave
Cape Coral, FL
 
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Feeders and Feeding: Orioles

Discover a plentiful food source that attracts orioles - one that's more popular than orange slices!

Feeding Orioles

by Kay Gibson

I feed the birds all winter here in Missouri. We help each other survive the cold, snowy months. Do I quit feeding in the spring? No.

Green isn't the only color sprouting in the spring. The migrant birds bring new colors and new melodies. Do you know where the oriole got its scientific name? The Greeks claimed the sight of an oriole would cure jaundice, thus Icterus from the Greek ikteros , meaning jaundice. I don't know about that, but the striking black and orange is a treat for my tired-of-winter eyes.

Folks have told me to put out orange slices or grapefruit pieces to feed the northern orioles, but I've found something better. Orioles love it. Popcorn.

For the past two springs, as soon as the orioles arrive, they seem starved. I've had six pairs at my open box feeder both springs. They fill up with popcorn for a couple weeks before they start building their homes.

In mid-May, I watched a male oriole build a nest in the Chinese elm tree in my yard. My bird book says the female builds the nest, but in my yard, the male gathered the grasses and wove them together for their hanging basket home. I live at the edge of the woods and the other orioles nested nearby. I couldn't see who was building their homes.

This year, I saw a sad sight as I watched the orioles come and go after the eggs were laid. As the female oriole left the nest, a female cowbird sat on a limb nearby. She craned her neck to watch the oriole leave. It reminded me of a busybody neighbor stretching her neck to see where her neighbor was going. Then, branch by branch, the cowbird started closing in on the oriole nest. I don't usually interfere with nature, but I knew her intentions, so I ran outside and scared her away. I must not have scared her too badly; the next day, the orioles didn't come back to their nest.

The following day, the male oriole moved to a nearby walnut tree and began building a new nest. I'll never know if the pair raised a family in this nest or not, because when we returned from vacation, the orioles were gone from the nest and were not coming to the feeder anymore. They were still in the area, however, because I could still hear their call.

One day, at the feeder, two oriole males were eating popcorn. I heard a female give her flutelike call. One male ignored it, but the other turned and flew to her. He seemed to recognize her voice. Orioles all sound alike to me, but perhaps not to each other.

Other birds love popcorn, too. The downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jay, cardinal, chickadee, tufted titmouse, brown thrasher, eastern towhee, and of course, the sparrows are all popcorn eaters.

I fill my open box feeder each morning. I keep a birdbath nearby. Sometimes, I have to fill my feeder more than once a day. However, I try not to fill it late in the evening, because raccoons like popcorn, t...

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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