Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Have You Ever Seen an Oriole Do This?
June 11 Photos and Email:
I thought your readers might be interested in the behavior of a male Baltimore Oriole I saw in Holland, MI today. I took the pictures with my old iPhone 5s, but you can still see the behavior.
I have a feeder out with 1/2 an orange and a small amount of grape jelly. He first flew into the feeder with a big fat spider in his mouth, grabbed some grape jelly and left with both. He later returned with a caterpillar and a grub in his mouth, grabbed some grape jelly and left with all three in his mouth.
I asked the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology about this behavior and they thought he was probably gathering food to take back to the nest to feed his young.
I have not noticed this behavior before and wondered if many of your readers have seen it. Can any of your readers identify the spider, caterpillar or grub?
- John Strauss
John, thanks for the photos and description. I've never seen our orioles mix anything with the jelly they take to their kids, and I don't do bugs. Hopefully others have some answers? - Ric