Orioles at Oakridge Ranch

Baltimore Oriole at Oriole Feeder; Photo by P.Vretis, Sept.2013.
Baltimore Oriole at Oriole Feeder; Photo by P.Vretis, Sept.2013.

We have noticed both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles here at Oakridge Ranch for the last 2 years.   The Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) is slightly smaller and darker than the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula).   The males of both birds are brightly colored and all are somewhat skittish.   Both enjoy nectar offered at Oriole feeders, Hummingbird feeders, grape jelly in Oriole feeders or sliced oranges & grapefruit hung in the Yaupon.   Although some references show our area of Texas only as a migration area for the Baltimore Oriole, other books & researchers show that both these birds spend summers here in our part of Texas.   Both enjoy a deciduous wooded habitat with large trees.   We have also noticed they enjoy bird baths as well as water sprinklers here at Oakridge Ranch.

Following are links to information on both of these beautiful birds:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Orchard_Oriole/id
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/id

Baltimore Oriole at Hummingbird Feeder; Photo by B.LaVergne, May 2012.
Baltimore Oriole at Hummingbird Feeder; Photo by B.LaVergne, May 2012.

Please consider adding an Oriole feeder at your home.   Let’s invite more of these gorgeous birds to the Ranch before they migrate south for the winter.   Keep us posted on your birds via email at oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.

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