Gift of bird watching: Baltimore oriole

Th male Baltimore oriole has a bright orange breast. Photo by Ray Harden

Is there another sight or sound as glorious as the Baltimore Oriole’s arrival? This week’s “Gift of bird watching” is the exclamation point that spring is here!

The bright orange males can be heard high in the treetops with a single, slurred note usually followed by a steady rattle. The rest of their call is as unique as the songs on the radio.

These birds can be attracted to your backyard simply by hanging orange slices or putting out a small container of grape jelly. Oriole feeders are painted orange to attract the birds.

Learn how your next cup of coffee impacts Orioles and other neotropical migrants.

Mike Havlik is a naturalist in the Dallas County Conservation Department.


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