These beautiful birds got their name from Lord Baltimore. This family was business owners in colonial Maryland and they had orange and black in their coat of arms. This brilliant orange isn’t seen in the males until the 2nd year when it’s time to attract a mate. Orioles do not reuse their nests but they may take the material from an old one to create a new one.
Orioles eat insects throughout the year and they love sipping nectar from flowers and hummingbird feeders. In place of nectar, we feed them watered down jelly and oranges. They are important predators of tent caterpillars.
Baltimore Orioles are one of the first birds to begin migration, which mostly takes placle at night.