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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Icterus
Species: galbula


11 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Hope, Arkansas
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Gainesville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Anna, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Skokie, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Fayette, Iowa
Marshalltown, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dixfield, Maine
Pownal, Maine
South China, Maine
Byron, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Remus, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Michael, Minnesota
Bolivar, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Jackson, Missouri
Marlton, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Rochester, New York
New Bern, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Albion, Pennsylvania
Chepachet, Rhode Island
Austin, Texas
Edinburg, Virginia
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Portage, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 8, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

Common in the Twin Cities, those birds are often sighted during spring time for me as they move through, either going more further north or looking for territory. Around the Twin Cities, they seem to strongly prefer cottonwoods as they are the most common tallest tree, towering well above their neighbor trees, and also strongly prefer to nest near water - I have seen their nests during summer or fall near creeks but never suburban areas yet. During the summer and fall, I almost never see any.

Positive cececoogan On Feb 25, 2009, cececoogan from Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a) wrote:

I saw my very first Oriole the end of June, 2008. I was so excited and looking forward to hopefully seeing him back this year.

Positive robbyjo On Apr 1, 2009, robbyjo from New Bern, NC
(Zone 8a) wrote:

At 64 years old, I had never seen a baltimore oriole until about two years ago. During the winter, a male started stopping off here to rest and refuel on his way somewhere else.This year, we bribed him to hang around with half oranges, grape jelly, and peanuts. We were seeing a female too for awhile, but haven't seen her these past few days. We may be just missing her or she may be busy elsewhere making little orioles. I sure hope so. Maybe we'll have some young oroles that think this is home. Whoo-hoo!

Positive nutsaboutnature On May 15, 2009, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Until this spring (2009) we saw Baltimore Orioles sporadically as they darted from tree to tree. Late last autumn we bought a cheap Oriole feeder since we had no idea if they'd use it. As soon as I saw one this spring I put the feeder up by our kitchen window (next to a hummingbird feeder). WOW! It started with one adult male. We now have at least three - mature, immature, females & males. They come constantly all day long. Try a feeder. It's worth it!!

Update: After a couple of years we realized many of the Orioles had trouble getting the syrup out of the feeder so I tried Oranges and Grape Jelly.

I have since found that Orioles absolutely LOVE grape jelly. I'll sometimes have as many as 5 birds trying to get to one bowl of jelly and even becoming somewhat territorial with it. They also like the Oranges, so I usually put a little Grape Jelly on the Orange and add more as they create space in the orange half.

Positive canalbeach On Jul 15, 2010, canalbeach from Chepachet, RI wrote:

We put a feeder up for the Orioles about 2 years ago when we saw one flying through or yard. I'm happy to say that we now have 3-4 nest pairs around our property. They're quite comical to watch. We moved the feeder up on the deck this year and find that our presents really doesn't bother them now. When we are to close to the feeder, they chatter at us till we move away then they resume their feeding. I found that when they first get here they will eat oranges all day long. As the spring progresses I have to switch to grape jelly to keep them happy. We're now well into summer and going broke buying grape jelly. The males are much more timid than the less colorful females. They will drink sugar water as well.

Positive sm4657 On Aug 8, 2010, sm4657 from Marshalltown, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

I saw my first oriole this spring here in Iowa....beautiful. I wasn't sure what kind of feeder to put out, so I saw him one more time, and he was gone. I make my own sugar syrup for the hummers, and didn't want to buy the 'off-the-shelf kind for the orioles....what is the best feeder for them?

Positive LFinch On Oct 25, 2010, LFinch from Remus, MI wrote:

One of my favorite memories from the summer of 2010 is watching a male oriole bring an offspring to the jelly dish and feed him as we sat in our lawnchairs watching. We were very close to them and this went on for at least ten minutes, while the female was close by in a tree. Needless to say we felt honored to share this unique moment with the orioles!

Positive irishmist On Jun 29, 2011, irishmist from Rochester, NY
(Zone 6a) wrote:

I usually see an occasional male briefly in late spring but they move on. Saw one at my hummingbird feeder 10 days ago and now a pair are feeding there regularly. They are emptying the feeder twice a day and fortunately the hummers still are using it too. I see the male more frequently than the female. When first spotted I put out an orange half but that remained untouched. Does anyone have suggestions for a good oriole feeder? I'm trying to figure out how to provide a jelly feeder that they won't tip. Thanks for any ideas.

Positive SJWyman On Sep 26, 2011, SJWyman from Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a) wrote:

I've caught several glimpses of a Baltimore Oriole at my feeders during the past week.

Positive Chillybean On Aug 13, 2012, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful bird we came to know more of this summer. Last year we had a visiting male and female pair, but after two weeks of eating the oranges, they moved on. Our suspicion was because we didn't have suitable nesting material as we knew they used horse hair. People about a mile from us have horses, so I suspect they went there.

This year early on, we had a female and two males. They enjoyed the oranges. We really wanted them to nest here if possible, so what I did was began collecting my hair from the brush, chopped it into shorter pieces as I have super long hair and crammed it into a suet cage. I hung it on the south side of the house away from the feeding area. The female found it!

So... we got to see the Baltimore Orioles nearly every day in the summer. One little habit the male had was he'd sing a few beautiful notes before coming down to the oranges. They were really gobbling up the fruit and we were afraid they'd move on, if we didn't keep up with them. So when we went out of town early June, we asked a neighbor to put out fresh oranges for us. I am glad he obliged the crazy bird people.

Later we saw Dad bring young to the fruit and also feed a young one bugs from a weed growing out front. We did try jelly, too, which the Orioles liked. Our last one of the season was seen just a couple days ago, later than what I've heard is normal for the area.

Positive gasrocks On Sep 15, 2014, gasrocks from Portage, WI
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Wonderful bird. Grape jelly is the key food. The last 2 summers, all the local stores ran out of grape jelly for a couple of weeks. So, I always have extra on hand. Too expensive to get it from Amazon. I always have about 6 pairs or more. Even get an Orchard Oriole once in a while. Gene

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