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How to Find a Bullock’s Oriole Nest

by Trevor E Holewinski

A Bullock’s Oriole nest is not difficult to find. These birds use a natural shelter to lay their eggs and rear their young. They do not eat seeds or other food from feeders, but rather they seek out sweet things like nectar and honey in the spring and fall. You can make a simple syrupy nectar for them using a half-and-half solution of grape jelly and water.

The Bullock’s Oriole is a medium-sized songbird that measures nine inches in length and has a 12-inch wingspan. Both sexes look different from the same angle, but males have a black eye line and throat, and females are pale-gray with a yellowish belly. The male builds the nest on the side of a tree, while the female spends more time on the inside. Both sexes have a long bill, so you can see the female sitting in the center of her wing.

The Bullock’s Oriole is a very fast flyer, with rapid wingbeats. They usually nest in tall deciduous trees, and the female makes a pouch on a branch three to eight meters up. Her mate helps her construct the nest, which is lined with plant down and soft grass. A male is also helpful with the nest building. During the breeding season, the male and female pair build the same nest in the same location.

The Bullock’s Oriole nest is similar to that of the Baltimore Oriole’s. The nest is pouch-shaped and placed in tree branches, anywhere from six to 60 feet high. Located in secluded woods, bullock’s orioles prefer trees that are not close to other structures. The eggs are deposited in a shallow hole in the side of the hollow tree branch, which they line with down. The nest protects the eggs from predators and parasites.

The Bullock’s Oriole nest is made by the female with assistance from the male. The male works on the inside while the female concentrates on the outside. A Bullock’s Oriole nest can last for a couple of weeks, and the nest is suspended from a tree’s branch. It is usually a low-growing tree that is close to woodland edges. They can be found in many cities.

Unlike the Baltimore oriole, the Bullock’s Oriole nest is built by both sexes. The female weaves the nest from plant fibers and the male helps with the outside. A couple of weeks is needed for the construction process, and it will take some time for the eggs to hatch. The nest will be made high in a tree near a pond or forest edge, and will typically be built with a combination of feathers and down.

In Texas, the Bullock’s Oriole breeds in the open woodlands. The male lays three to seven eggs. The eggs are pale blue or light gray and are fed by ants, crane flies, and crickets. The adult Bullock’s Oriole will eat nectar and fruit. They are known to be territorial, and they can live in any kind of habitat.