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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orioles’ sweet tooth?

Orchard Orioles
Jams and jellies are good for attracting some of our north Texas birds, including native birds such as Orioles.  Just don’t overdo it. Commercial jams and jellies are usually about 50% sugar, whereas natural nectar is about

Summer Tanager
10 – 30% sugar. A little jelly is fine, but a steady diet of it messes up birds’ metabolism.


OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at in Denton.  

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