Baltimore Oriole

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The Baltimore Oriole is a very interesting bird.  It is identifiable by its distinctive orange belly and dark back and head.  As with many birds, the female Orioles are generally lighter coloured.  They are brown where the male is black, and lighter yellow where the males are orange.  Their song is similar to a Robin’s, but an observant listener can tell the difference.

If you want to see an Oriole come to your area, a good way to attract them is to set up a feeder.  Here is an easy way to make your own feeder:  Cut an orange in half, and poke a piece of twine through the peel.  Tie one end of the twine to a twig, and tie another twig just above the orange half.  Hang it in a tree or wherever you have other bird feeders.  They’re so easy to make, so it can be fun to make a whole bunch and put them up all over your yard.  If there are orioles in your area, there’s a good chance they will start to come to your feeders.  Just remember to replace them once all the juicy orange is gone.

IMG_7493 Take a look at the picture for an idea of what the feeders look like.  It’s a little blurry, but you get the idea.

If you live in the city, you may see more Orioles in a local park or forest.  They like to nest high in the branches of deciduous trees.  They breed in Eastern Canada and USA during the summer, and spend the winter in Mexico and some of Northern South America and the Caribbean.

Orioles are very neat to watch because of their almost-fluorescent colour!

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