Lakes Country temporary home for many Baltimore OriolesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our late spring has sparked another strange, but beautiful ritual; A huge population of Baltimore Orioles in lakes country.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our late spring has sparked another strange, but beautiful ritual; A huge population of Baltimore Orioles in lakes country.
The bird, known for its singing, is showing up in large, unheard-of numbers. And as WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us from rural Pelican Rapids, the "grape jelly" supply is running low.
Kay Selvig, Pelican Rapids: "They just keep moving their way down until they jump on. They are coming down."
Chris and Kay Selvig are spending their spring mornings, absorbed with their breakfast guests.
Chris Selvig, Pelican Rapids: “20 to 30, and we are not exaggerating. That is what we could count. We couldn't count fast enough.”
Dozens of Baltimore Orioles that have arrived and now love the buffet.
It is not unusual to get one or two Baltimore Orioles in the spring showing up in your yard, but some people in lakes area are 20 to 30, and new varieties like this dark Orchard Oriole.
Chris: “Enjoying them and knowing it is finally spring and we are over this stupid winter.”
At times the Selvigs are going through two quart jars of grape jelly a day.
Kay: “I have never seen anything like it in my life.”
But they find themselves mesmerized with the colorful, sometimes noisy…
Chris: “If there is no jelly out there, and it is 5:30 in the morning when the sun comes up, they let us know.”
Often beautiful singing birds.
It's not just Baltimore Orioles; there are reports of multiple varieties of warblers in the area. The birds got off on their vacation planning because of our late winter and delayed spring.
Kay: “None of the trees had bloomed so they had no nectar from any of the trees.”
But the result is this: Tamarac Lake's newest lunch table.
Chris: “It would be great to have all these all summer.”
With some very grateful guests.
Kay: "Just a spectacular bird."
Chris: "Just incredible."
And if you want grape jelly for those Baltimore Orioles, good luck.
At grocery stores in lakes country, it's hard to find. As quickly as grocers stock their shelves with grape jelly, oriole lovers are buying them up. Sometimes, several jars at a time.
Because of so many Baltimore Orioles, some homeowners are traveling long distances to find stores with grape jelly in stock.
JoAnn Frazier, Larry’s Supermarket: “We had a lady this morning who said they don't like jam, they like jelly. Whether it is the consistency or what, they are picky and will let you know.”
Stores in the Detroit Lakes are witnessing the same run on the grape jelly.