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Attracting Orioles

Learn how to attract orioles to your yard with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Known for their bright orange and striking black feathers, orioles are a welcome sight in any birder’s backyard. The beautiful songbirds migrate south for the winter, but come back to the Midwest around early May. You can get your backyard ready for orioles with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Attracting Orioles
Known for their songs and brightly colored feathers, orioles are a favorite among birders. Learn how to attract orioles to your feeders with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Feed & Feeders

Orioles aren’t your typical backyard birds. To attract an oriole, offer up oranges that are cut in half. You can also use grape jelly to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Another option is to use an oriole feeder with oriole nectar, similar to that of a hummingbird. Oriole feeders have bigger feeding ports than a hummingbird feeder, to accommodate the birds’ larger beaks. Hang feeders higher up, as orioles like to perch high in trees.


You can provide the birds with a water source for both drinking and bathing. Use a shallow bird bath, and add a water feature if possible. Using a birdbath with a touch of orange or a terracotta birdbath will also attract an oriole.


An oriole won’t use a birdhouse. You can, however, encourage them to nest in your backyard with cottonwood, poplar, willow, elm or oak trees. You can also set out nesting material, such as yarn, thread and pet fur. They use these materials to build their nests. If they know they can find those materials on a regular basis, they’ll keep coming back to your yard.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, our animal expertise branches from the barn to your backyard. You can trust the animal experts to have everything you need for backyard birdwatching. From specialty feeders to bird seed to birdhouses, you can transform your backyard into a wild bird oasis. For more tips on bringing beautiful wild birds to your backyard, visit our Wild Bird Care blog.


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