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How to Make Oriole Nectar

Oriole Nectar Recipe

Here's a simple recipe for oriole nectar:

1 cup of boiling water
1/6 cup of sugar (white table sugar)

The basic recipe is six parts water to one part sugar. You may find that the sugar crystals dissolve best in boiling water. Remember to allow the water to cool sufficiently before hanging the feeder outside. Any left over sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

Nectar should be replaced a minimum of once a week and more often in the summer. If possible, its best to locate the feeder in the shade. Always clean your oriole feeder with mild detergent and rinse thoroughly each time you replace the nectar.  Be sure the feeding ports are free of mold.

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I'm lucky to have a lot of trees in my yard many of which are native to this area. I have one very large one that grows close to the house - a big kahuna that produces lots of acorns in certain years. This year, they're everywhere. Dropping on the cars in the driveway, hitting the roof. There are more acorns here than I've ever seen...

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek, says there are five essential elements for success water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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