Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Build an Orange Feeder for Your Local Birds

Wild birds are magnificent creatures. The gentle tweet of their nearby songs can be so calming, as it lets us know they wish to be friends. You can catch sight of their seemingly weightless bodies as they swoop and sail across clear blue skies, searching for food. Feeding wild birds has been a pastime for centuries for all nature lovers. The reward is sitting at the window sill, waiting for them to perch atop a birdhouse and find seeds scattered across the area. We forget that each living creature is just as important as the next organism in the food chain. There are simple acts we can do alone or as a community to convey a helping hand to our backyard neighbors.

You can create this Orange based bird feeder by using a fresh whole orange or by using the discards from making your own fresh squeezed orange juice.

While it is generally well known that Northern orioles feed on orange halves, it is less well known that Red-bellied and Red-headed woodpeckers are also attracted to them.

As with apple halves, simply push the orange halves onto nails that are partially driven into convenient logs, stumps, or the roofs of feeders.

For a child’s project adult supervision is strongly recommended.


1 fresh orange


Thin stick, such as a kabob skewer or plastic stirrer

Strong cord


1. Cut an orange in half. You need only one half at a time.

2. Decide on a good site, somewhere you can place the orange securely, so it doesn’t fall over.

3. Push a thin stick (or kabob skewer) through the center of the orange half. Ask an adult for help when using sharp objects.

4. Place the stick against a thick branch, fence, post, or railing to form a “t” or cross shape.

5. Use a strong cord to tie the stick to the branch or railing. Wrap the cord around the cross shape, back and forth, making an X shape. You may have to wrap the cord around several times. Another option is to use the cord alone to tie the orange half, cut side up, to a flat railing or sturdy branch. Make sure that the orange is securely fastened, so that if an oriole lands on it, it won’t slip downward.

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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

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