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  • From: "Stephen Sadler" <>
  • To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <>
  • Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Orioles, an observation.
  • Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 11:21:59 -0700

The oranges attract by color as well as flavor.  I would think you would want that bright orange to bring them in.  Interesting they like bananas – I never tried that.  Did they use peeled or unpeeled?  What color? 



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Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 7:40 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Orioles, an observation.


In a message dated 5/26/2005 3:46:44 PM US Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Orioles and tanagers are lovely bug-eaters to have around.  You can buy
nectar feeders for them, or keep orange halves out for them.

Two years ago while traveling in Costa Rico (beautiful country) I had the opportunity to observe Orioles as they winter there in addition to other migrating birds. People had rails about 5 feet off the ground where they placed bananas and oranges for birds including the Orioles. Being a curious fellow I wanted to know which they preferred, oranges or bananas.  

So one morning I placed newly cut oranges and fresh unpeeled bananas on a rail and watched. They did prefer bannas. If you are feeding oranges to your Orioles may I suggest trying bananas also.


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