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May 07, 2013


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Teresa Jones

I have a hummingbird feeder but only one hummingbird feeds because she stands guard & chases other hummingbirds away. I had 2 feeders out before but they never went to the other feeder just the one & she still chases the others away. Is there a remedy for this? We have lots of hummingbirds.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Nancy, orioles are more often seen in the treetops of deciduous trees. So I'd move the feeder to the farthest out branches of a deciduous tree so it can be more easily found. Be patient, sometimes it take awhile for them to find the feeder. Good luck!


I have my Oriole feeder oin a pine tree. Should it be in the open? We have a butterfly bush and have had the moth that looks like a hummingbird. I actually filmed his moth flying around the butterfly bush.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Steve, that is very common with offering food for the orioles. Once natural food sources become more available, they will often choose those instead and not use feeders anymore. Keep what you have out there freshened and maybe try offering live mealworms.

Steve Syring

For the past couple of years, I've been able to draw the Orioles in with nectar and oranges. I have not been successful in keeping them around for very long. Any suggestions?

Thank you,


The Zen Birdfeeder

Robin - if you can put that hanger near the end of a tree limb that won't bear the weight of a raccoon, that might do the trick.

Robin R Robinson

Nice post, very helpful. Now, if only I could keep the racoons from being attracted to the same food items!

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