Oriole Bird Feeders Fort Smith AR

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The Home Depot
(479)649-5888
5101 Phoenix Avenue
Ft Smith, AR
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Pleasant Valley Farms
(479) 471-7270
1344 Mays Branch Rd
Van Buren, AR

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Parks Brothers Greenhouses
(479) 410-2217
6733 Parks Rd
Van Buren, AR
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Lafoon's Greenhouse & Nursery
(479) 452-4494
8934 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR

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American Bonsai Nursery
(479) 474-9225
5141 Industrial Park Rd
Van Buren, AR

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Petals Florist
(479) 452-6200
910 S Greenwood Ave
Fort Smith, AR
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Annuals

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Van Buren Nursery
(479) 806-3566
1505 Fayetteville Rd
Van Buren, AR
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Annuals

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M & M Greenhouse
(918) 654-3482
23513 Old State Hwy 112
Cameron, OK

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River Valley Mulch
(479) 782-4773
1105 Ballman Rd
Fort Smith, AR

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PETCO
(479) 646-1252
3835 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR
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Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

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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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