Oriole Bird Feeders Traverse City MI

Local resource for oriole bird feeders in Traverse City, MI. 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
(231)922-9440
2522 Crossing Circle
Traverse City, MI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Heartwood
(231) 675-6709
244 E 8th St #3
Traverse City, MI

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Grand Traverse Nursery Sales
(231) 943-4060
4715 US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI
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Serenity Springs Organic Landscapes
(231) 360-0141
1950 sawyer Rd
traverse city, MI

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Zimmerman Landscaping Inc.
(231) 947-1170
9910 Traverse Hwy.
Traverse City, MI
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Meredith's Village Garden Center
(231) 941-1808
1111 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI
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Garden Goods, Inc.
(231) 933-4769
3510 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Bulbs, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Fertilizers, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gift Certificates, Groundcovers, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Mulch, Nutrient Supplements, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Pottery, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Soil & Amendments, Soil Conditioners, Trees,…

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Florigen Greenhouses
(231) 922-2282
4514 Silver Pines Rd
Traverse City, MI

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Breeze Hill Greenhouse
(231) 941-7295
7230 E Harrys Road
Traverse City, MI
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Dobias Landscaping & Garden Center
(231) 943-8758
4245 S. Hwy M-37
Grawn, MI
 
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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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