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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Cheap generic grape jelly will please your orioles after a long trip back home.

Orioles are back

Every year my Baltimore orioles return on the first of May. I put out my oriole and hummingbird feeders in mid-April just in case they arrived earlier. I had heard a rumor that the hummingbirds were heading north earlier this year but that didn't hold true. I am still waiting to spot my first hummingbird. They will show up any day now.

I put out grape jelly, an orange, mealworms and sugar water for the orioles. But, it is the constant supply of insects in my neighborhood that makes them nest nearby.

I mix one part sugar to four parts water for my hummingbird and oriole feeders. Oriole feeders can be mixed 1 to 6 but the hummingbirds and the orioles are always using each other's feeder so I just mix it according to what the hummingbirds like since the orioles don't seem to mind.

More photos by Cathie Rowand

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)