Date: 5/2/18 5:43 am From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...> Subject: Re: So Many Orioles
Thank you, Dan.
Usually the orioles are quite busy up in the Tulip Poplar [Liriodendron tulipfera] tree beside our front porch. However this year the tree has been very late making leaves and flowers. And the mulberries are just barely budding. So there have been up to 20 orioles at the fruit and jelly that I'm putting out for them. Now all the regulars to the feeders are also showing interest in the unusual selection.
May I share your answer below with fellow oriole feeders on facebook?
On May 1, 2018, at 11:21 PM, Daniel Scheiman <birddan...> wrote:
> As per discussions on ARBIRD, Facebook, and the AAS convention, it may be
> that the early spring cold temperatures affected the timing of fruiting
> trees like mulberries, and perhaps insect abundance. As a result the
> orioles are turning to our feeders in droves. Today Janine Perlman shared
> with me photos of a Tennessee Warbler visiting and presumably feeding from
> a hummingbird feeder and a bowl of grape jelly. That was a new one for me.
> According to Birds of North America (BNA) this species is an
> ³opportunistic fruit eater during migration. Invertebrates, fruit, and
> nectar in winter; also attracted to feeders with bananas and plantains.²
> So orioles may not be the only species affected. Once the trees fruit,
> most migrants have passed through, and the remaining birds start breeding,
> I suspect the overabundance of orioles will end. Enjoy the riot of color
> while it lasts!
> To answer Judy Blackwell¹s question, Baltimore Orioles nest "in isolated
> trees, or at edge of woodlands, along watercourses, in shelterbelts, or in
> urban parks² according to BNA. In my experience nests are most often found
> near waterbodies.
> Dan Scheiman
> Little Rock, AR
> On 5/1/18, 9:24 PM, "The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List on behalf of
> Judy & Don" <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of
> <9waterfall9...> wrote:
>> Is there any explanation from the experts on why there are so many
>> orioles in this spring's migration?