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.

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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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