Baltimore Orioles Have a Taste for Sugar

Baltimore orioles feed mainly on insects, but in the spring and fall these birds have a serious sweet tooth… or beak.


Orioles are often heard and not seen because they forage high in trees for flower nectar, fruit and insects. But you can bring them to your backyard by appealing to their love of sweets:


  • Oranges: Cut an orange in half and hang the slices from a tree.
  • Jelly: Place a small amount of jelly in a dish or specially designed feeder.
  • Sugar water: Use a specially designed feeder and make your own “nectar.”


The sugars from these feeders (and naturally occurring fruits and nectar) help the orioles build fat reserves for spring and fall migration. Make sure to change these feeder foods daily.


Oriole Eats an Orange

See This Bird!!!

Each month during our 2016 Bird the Preserves initiative, we’re giving you the opportunity to see some of the most interesting birds in the preserves:

Birding Basics for All Ages
Sunday, May 1, 2016 • 1:30 pm
River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

Morning Bird Walk
Friday, May 6, 2016 • 9:30 am
Trailside Museum, River Forest

Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, May 7, 2016 • 7 am
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 • 8 am
Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

Bird Walk
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 • 8 am
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 • 8 am – 3 pm
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center


Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County