I solved the bee drowning problem by not putting nectar in the oriole feeders. They don’t really seem to care for it as much as the grape jelly anyway.

Then I wash and change the jelly feeders every morning. I put an orange slice above the hole where you would normally put nectar, and then I put jelly on top of that too.

I get flocks of orioles that way, especially during migration, but even into the heat of the summer. And no bees suffering. Though they do certainly eat the jelly!

I wash the feeders in the morning because of the ant problem. They get stuck in the jelly, and that’s neither attractive in photos nor good for the poor ants.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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