Jay’s Bird Barn: April’s orioles

Male Bullock’s Oriole; by Kevin Cole, WikiMedia.Org, Creative Commons 2.0.

Male Bullock’s Oriole; by Kevin Cole, WikiMedia.Org, Creative Commons 2.0.

By Eric Moore

Prescott is home to three species of orioles: Bullock’s, Scott’s, and Hooded. Bullock’s are the most common. Males are brightly colored with striking orange, yellow, black, and white plumage.

Many homeowners make a special effort to attract orioles by putting out a variety of food sources for them during spring and summer. One of the simplest ways to attract orioles is to put out an oriole feeder with sugar water. Nectar is a big part of an oriole’s diet, just like a hummingbird’s. Another way to attract orioles is to put out orange halves and live meal worms.

Orioles begin showing up in the Central Highlands in April, and leave for the tropics in August, so their time here is very brief. May you be so fortunate to enjoy orioles in your yard this year.

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Eric Moore is the owner of Jay’s Bird Barn located at 1046 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, Eric@JaysBirdBarn.Com.

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