Oriole Bird Feeders Fort Wayne IN

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The Home Depot
(260)497-9315
6235 Lima Road
Fort Wayne, IN
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Young's Greenhouse & Flower Shop
(260) 483-2956
4131 N Clinton St
Fort Wayne, IN
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Annuals, Arrangement Accessories, Container Gardening, Cut Flowers, Florist, Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products, Fresh Plants, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Gift Baskets, Houseplants, Orchids, Permanent Plants, Plants, Potted Flowering Plants, Ready-made Arrangements - Fresh, Ready-made Arrangements - Permanent

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Mcnamara, Llc
(260) 747-4131
4322 Deforest Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN
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Neuhouser Garden & Gifts
(260) 436-8538
4605 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
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Annuals, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Wildflower Seed

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Henry's Greenhouse
(260) 749-9487
5833 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN

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Stuckey's Greenhouses Inc.
(260) 424-1563
1919 Tyler Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN
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Annuals

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Aeesthetic Plant Specialist
(260) 747-3356
11326 Smith Rd
Fort Wayne, IN

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Lebo Corporation
(260) 747-9104
4322 Se Forest Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN

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B & J Garden Solutions
(260) 436-3030
3307 Rosewood Drive
Fort Wayne, IN

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(260) 417-6219
538 E Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
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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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