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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 10:44 PM
The grape jelly is finally working its magic.
I hung it from the nectar station, since that's where the orioles hang out, anyway,
but the first customers weren't orioles...
or even catbirds, which I've heard really like grape jelly, too.

Nope. The first visitors were rose-breasted grosbeaks! :eek: Who woulda thunk it?!? :D

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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 10:46 PM
Mama Grosbeak checked out the area from the top of the shepherd's hook for a while, then snuck in for a quick snack.

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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 10:51 PM
Papa Grosbeak, who's molting (notice the twisted wing feathers?), is a little more direct.
He just sidles down the wire hanger and helps himself to dessert.
And he doesn't seem to mind having a sticky beak afterward. :D


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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 10:57 PM
After the grosbeaks have left the restaurant, the orioles finally start making an appearance!!

The female showed up first.

Mama Oriole is suspicious like Mama Grosbeak was. She looks both ways...
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...before finally taking a sip of nectar.
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(There is always one hummingbird feeder out there with a bee guard removed so the orioles have easy access :thumbs up
Keeps the birds from pulling out the bee guards by themselves and dropping them into the hummingbird garden,
where they get demolished by madame hazel's clumsy feet :frustrated:)

hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 11:01 PM
And finally, the prize!!

Handsome Papa Oriole arrives, checks out the area from the pine...
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...then flies down to check out the grape jelly.
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:eek: But wait!! Now there's two!! And the newcomer seems to have a bit of attitude... :o

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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 11:06 PM
And suddenly there are three gorgeous males at the feeder :highfive:

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And hazel thought there was only one couple in the neighborhood :o Another case of 'Who woulda thunk it!?' :laughing:

After introductions, things settled down and they shared their nectar and jelly quite companionably. :cloud9:

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hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 11:09 PM
The nectar feeders are still attracting the hummingbirds, too, of course.

Pop Ruby-throated Hummingbird:
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Mom Hummingbird:
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And now that the first broods are out of the nest, Junior comes, too! :D67149

hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 11:12 PM
And they, of course, bring their friends :cloud9:

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Marcha
July 1st, 2010, 11:17 PM
Hazel, your bird photos are gorgeous! You sure do attract a lot of different kinds.

What is it that you're putting in the feeders? Recipes are meant to be shared, yes? :cloud9:

hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2010, 11:28 PM
We actually bought this house because it was a bird paradise. :o

"Forget the house, honey! What does the habitat look like?" :laughing:

The only thing on the flat orange feeder is grape jelly. It's an oriole feeder and is meant to be filled with sugar-water nectar, but none of the birds ever figured out it was there so I stopped filling it. Why waste good nectar, eh? :D

The nectar in the hummingbird feeders is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water (or 3 parts water for an extra strong nectar--I use the 1:3 ratio very early in the season when the birds are just coming off migration and need the extra calories, or if it gets very cold).

Heat the sugar / water solution to boiling, stirring to keep the sugar from settling on the bottom before it dissolves in the water, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool and store in the fridge. It should keep for a week in the fridge, but it never lasts that long here. I make it in 8-cup batches (2 cups sugar; 8 cups water) and that'll last a day this time of year. When the migration is at its peak, I'll need three times that amount each day :eek:

When we were in the city and not seeing many birds, I'd usually make it with a half cup sugar and 2 cups water and that would hold me for almost a week.

During hot spells you might have to change the nectar every day. If you see it getting cloudy or even slightly opaque, it means bacteria is building up and you need to change it.

Dee-O-Gee
July 2nd, 2010, 12:21 AM
Congratulations on the Jelly Hazel! Whoot Whoot! :crazy:

If you don't have a green thumb, you sure have a spot for your feathered friends. :thumbs up

Pictures are stunning! :lovestruck:

hazelrunpack
July 2nd, 2010, 02:21 PM
Thanks, klm. I had given up on the jelly but then you posted your thread about it and I decided to try it again, this time on the oriole feeder. :thumbs up

dmc123
July 2nd, 2010, 03:52 PM
I soooooo love your bird posts! Never heard of birds liking jelly, but you photos are proof they do.

Keep up the great work and the photo sharing :)

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hazelrunpack
July 2nd, 2010, 08:28 PM
Thx, Diane. I'm glad you're enjoying them! I sure do like taking them... :o

Love4himies
July 2nd, 2010, 08:34 PM
Holy smokes, I can't get over how many birds you have, Hazel :eek:, I am so jealous :o :p

hazelrunpack
July 2nd, 2010, 08:41 PM
I was just out trying to photograph a mob of grosbeaks...seriously, there were about 20 of them on the platform feeder or on the shepherd's hook it was hanging from!!! But the mosquitoes were so bad, even in the blind, that I had to run screaming into the house! :eek: :o So you get the best of both worlds, L4H--I'll share pics, and you can see them without having to put up with the bloodsucking hordes! :thumbs up :laughing:

Love4himies
July 2nd, 2010, 08:47 PM
I was just out trying to photograph a mob of grosbeaks...seriously, there were about 20 of them on the platform feeder or on the shepherd's hook it was hanging from!!! But the mosquitoes were so bad, even in the blind, that I had to run screaming into the house! :eek: :o So you get the best of both worlds, L4H--I'll share pics, and you can see them without having to put up with the bloodsucking hordes! :thumbs up :laughing:

:laughing::laughing: Deal.

TeriM
July 2nd, 2010, 10:55 PM
What a bird paradise you have, I'm jealous :eek:.

Gorgeous pictures Hazel, especially papa oriole :cloud9:.

hazelrunpack
July 2nd, 2010, 10:58 PM
I'll offer you the same deal I offered L4H! :laughing:

Orioles really are beautiful :flirt: I noticed today, though, that they're all joining the grosbeaks in molt and starting to get a little ragged-looking.

Rgeurts
July 3rd, 2010, 12:07 AM
Oh wow!!! Those photos are wonderful!!! I, as well, am extremely jealous :laughing:

I wish I had trees, or something lol! That's the downful of a new home... takes several yrs to have a decent yard!

Post more piccies :D

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 12:21 AM
But the upside of a new home is that you can plan your gardens and yards to really pull in the wildlife :thumbs up It just takes a while to grow up. I always loved the shows on HGTV where they redid the yards to make something wonderful from literally nothing. One thing this place doesn't have is HGTV, though. So I watch the birds, instead :D

There's lots of pics in here (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=68148), Robyn...from a bunch of members :D

Dee-O-Gee
July 3rd, 2010, 12:31 AM
Thanks, klm. I had given up on the jelly but then you posted your thread about it and I decided to try it again, this time on the oriole feeder. :thumbs up

So glad the jellies working for both of us Hazel! :thumbs up Only problem on my end is that I haven't seen any hummers lately. Do you think the hummer's sense the orioles on the nectar feeder and are stearing clear of it? :shrug:

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 12:39 AM
I don't think so, klm. Our hummers keep coming to the other feeder even if the orioles are monopolizing the small one, and the feeders are less than 3 feet from each other. And once the orioles leave, the hummers go right back to the small feeder again.

I wonder if your hummers are busy with a brood and coming less often?

Dee-O-Gee
July 3rd, 2010, 12:45 AM
Don't know why I haven't seen the hummers lately. :shrug:

They were catching onto the feeders and once the orioles started lapping up the jelly nearby, I haven't seen any around. :frustrated:

I guess that doesn't mean that maybe they come by early mornings when I'm still sleeping and don't see them. I'm so not an early riser! :o

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 12:56 AM
We get our biggest 'crowds' in the hour starting at sunrise and the hour ending at sunset. Try watching for them as the sun starts to set--they should be fueling up for the night.

Are you changing your nectar every day? If it gets too old, they'll stop drinking it.

luckypenny
July 3rd, 2010, 02:31 AM
WOW! Amazing shots, Hazel :thumbs up.

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 09:41 AM
Thanks, LP. Do you ever see orioles there? I'll bet you have a few of them around... They like the woods!

pbpatti
July 3rd, 2010, 09:56 AM
Hazel, wow what stunning shots. I miss my birdies, the old campsite was heavily treed this one is pretty bare still. We are in the process of planting to encourage more birds to come. Thanks for sharing. pbp

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 11:13 AM
I have skeeters to donate for that true north woods flavor, too! Free shipping and handling! Want some? :D

I hope your trees grow quickly!!!!

chico2
July 3rd, 2010, 05:45 PM
Hazel,OMG those are beautiful pics,you are so very lucky to get all these birds,I am green with envy:frustrated:
I have never heard of an Oriole-feeder before,that is just amazing:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2010, 10:58 PM
That clear part on the oriole feeder is for nectar, and there are four holes on the top of the orange cover that the orioles supposedly can stick their bills and tongues through to lap up the nectar... Clever design, eh? However, either my orioles are a little dense or they just prefer drinking nectar from the easier to access hummingbird feeder, because I have yet to see one show any interest in the oriole feeder nectar. :rolleyes: So I stopped filling it. :o I just use the grape jelly 'compartments' on the top of the feeder and they have to steal from the hummers if they want a sweet sip to go with it. :D

Chris21711
July 19th, 2010, 04:34 PM
I missed this thread....how come?

Pepe asked me yesterday if I would like to go on a trip somewhere....well I do...I'm heading down your way next summer Hazel, I wanna see these birdies up close and in person instead of sitting at the comp salivating :cool:

hazelrunpack
July 19th, 2010, 05:02 PM
Pick a cool week and you can sit in the blind--birds'eye view! :thumbs up :laughing:

Chris21711
July 20th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Does it have to be a cool week :confused:.....I can't sit in the blind in the warmer weather, you know how much I like the warmth :o

hazelrunpack
July 20th, 2010, 12:49 PM
It gets upward of 120 F in the blind on a hot sunny day, Chris. And the heat doesn't phase the mosquitoes. But if you want to sit out there sweatin' in the blind, anyway, no problemo! :laughing:

On a cool day, it probably won't hit above 90 F, which should still be plenty hot for ya! :p