Central Illinois is the summer home for two oriole species, Baltimore (males are bright orange) and Orchard (males are rust orange).
They typically arrive in late April or May and stay through mid-late summer. For a 3-4 week period when they are traveling north in the spring, they can be seen both in town and in rural areas. However, they prefer to spend most of the summer breeding season in more rural habitats or along lakes and waterways, ideally with a mix of woodlands or old tree lines and open pasture or grasslands.
Orioles will come readily to feeders such as those below (we also have many others models in stock).:
Fruit, Jelly, and Mealworm Feeder - Made in the USA
Our most popular feeder let you serve orioles three favorite foods: jelly, mealworms, and fruit.
(Keep feeders clean and replace foods 2-3 times per week to prevent them from spoiling.)
*A note about jellies: While a wide variety of flavors can be used, we do like to serve jellies that contain only natural fruit juices and sugars, and not corn syrup as a main ingredient. The BirdBerry Jelly we keep in stock gets great reviews from the birds!
Jelly Dishes and "Branch" Feeders
Jelly dishes come in hanging or pole mount models and can be used for jelly, mealworms, or fruit slices.
Jelly Dish with Fruit Spikes
This is a great, economy priced feeder for when you just aren't sure if you can attract orioles and don't want to make a bigger investment. An optional rain shield is available.
photo compliments of Mary Roseberry
Nectar, Jelly & Fruit Feeder - Made in the USA
In addition to the jelly and fruit, some orioles like nectar, so this feeder allows you to serve all three.
(Nectar recipe - make a 1 part sugar:5 parts boiled water solution. Never add food coloring. Wash feeder and change nectar 2-3 times per week to keep nectar from spoiling.)
Live insects are the primary food for baby orioles and many customers report the adult Orioles come to feeders even more often if they can carry "take-out" back to the babies in the nest.
Once you have your oriole feeder, proper placement is important. We find the highest success rate when the feeders are hung from a hook in an open area, rather than in or under a tree. This makes the feeder most visible to the birds.
Change the foods and wash feeders 2-3 times a week to keep the feeding station fresh and healthy.