I decided to become more diligent in feeding the birds through out the year. I’m hoping to attract Baltimore Orioles this year. I’ve never seen an Oriole in my area, but I did a little research and it seem they like oranges and grape jelly. Orioles are beautiful birds. They are Maryland’s state bird, and since I’m across the Maryland line, about 20 minutes, I’m thinking my chances of attracting them to my backyard are favorable.
Oranges and grape jelly, oh what to do. I love home made items, so I decided to make a feeder until I can find one that I like. Oriole feeders are expensive, so it has to be just right. Until I find the perfect feeder, I decided to make a simple one out of a metal hanger. My thinking, if I’m unsuccessful I’m only out a hanger and an orange. To make this feeder you will need the following items.
Bend your hanger until it looks like S. Cut the end with a pair of wire cutters, and spread the 2 pieces apart. You want to leave the hook, you will use it to hang the feeder.
Cut the orange into slices. Cut a wedge out of each slice. You will use the smaller pieces for spacers. Alternate an orange slice and than a spacer. You can smear grape jelly on the orange slices too. Spread them apart as much as you can, so the bird can perch and enjoy the treat. Tie on your ribbon and hang in a spot where you can bird watch. Try placing the feeder where the bird can perch from another branch and reach the slices if you’re unable to get enough space between the slice. You can rearrange them once you hang the feeder if necessary.
Refrigerate extra slices. Slices should be checked every 2 – 3 days and changed if they dry out or start becoming moldy. Wish me luck.