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Hooded orioles freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 5:37 am in Hooded oriole.

A pair of hooded orioles feeding at a backyard hummingbird feeder. Male on left, female on right. Photo by Cathy Whipkey, Livermore, CA
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I wanted to share a photo of our beautiful visitors.  This pair of hooded orioles have returned to our hummingbird feeder.  We saw them for the first time last year and were so pleased to see them return.  They’re very skittish, so it was a challenge to get this photo.  We enjoy your column every day.   Thank you.
Cathy Whipkey, Livermore, California

Beautiful birds and a beautiful photo!

I get a lot of correspondence from my readers asking why the nectar in their hummingbird feeders is suddenly starting to disappear at an unusually rapid pace. Well … one reason is that a pair of hooded orioles may have arrived to start sucking those feeders dry! And we should also keep in mind that more than 50 other species of birds have been spotted freeloading at our hummingbird feeders at one time or another … as well as roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats … and who-knows-what-else. Pretty amazing when you think about it. /Gary

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One Response to “Hooded orioles freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder”

  1. Kaaren Smith Says:

    I have orioles that have come back every year for several years here in upper hills of Redwood City. I use simple red oriole feeders for all as the hummingbirds seem to prefer them. I tried the yellow plastic type oriole feeder and even put grape jam in center and they didn’t touch it. They like the red ones. Only problem is that now the bees can get in and so I will have to switch out and see if my hummer friends with tolerate the change to the same brand, but just for hummers with the small opening. The orioles are gone for this year it seems. I have other birds joining in as well. I have a beautiful picture, but need to learn how to sent it by computer. Took it from inside the house as the orioles sure are skittish and fast.

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