"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Elusive orioles visit nectar feeders

A female hooded oriole visits a feeder in Mission Viejo.  Photo by J.J. Meyer
Named for the orange hood on the male, orioles visit Southern California in spring and summer.  Orioles are insect, nectar and fruit eaters. They often visit nectar feeders, but are elusive and nervous around humans.   Hooded orioles commonly build nests in palms.  Look for them along the coast until September when they return to their wintering habitats in Mexico.

Happy Birding!

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