The Baltimore Orioles, the Birds not the Baseball Team!

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The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is one of my favorite birds. The male has a vivid orange plumage while the female is brownish with a dull orange-yellow breast and belly. Their nests consists of woven pouches that swings at the end of a branches. They are quite cool! Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to shelter an Oriole family in my yard.

When I created my garden many years ago, my plan was to attract a lot of birds in order to take pictures of them while they were visiting the habitat I created for them. I bought my photography equipment in 2004 and from then on a grand adventure began. Many bird pictures were taken, but the Baltimore Oriole remained a big challenge from me mainly because the Oriole loves to perch way up in the tree tops. This behavior makes this bird very hard to shoot great pictures.

A few weeks ago, I heard the Oriole's whistling song echoing in my yard. I ran out of the house and quietly chased a male Oriole all over the garden as he flew from tree tops to tree tops. After 30 minutes, to my delight, he stopped at one of my hummingbird feeders for a sip!!! The bird stayed long enough for me to finally take a fabulous picture that I can be proud of. Like many of the migrating bird that visit my yard every year, the Oriole stayed long enough to rest, eat and pause for a picture. Hey!

Baltimore Oriole by Nicole Richer

Baltimore Oriole by Nicole Richer

My Nectar Recipe

Orioles and hummingbirds are not the only birds that can be lured with sugary nectar. I also regularly see Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) at my nectar feeders. Although there are many recipes available online, I have had great success with my nectar recipe!

Boil 4 cup of tap water for every 1 cup of sugar for few minutes and cool prior to filling feeders.

Male Downy Woodpecker by Nicole Richer

Male Downy Woodpecker by Nicole Richer