When do orioles leave Ontario? (to migrate south)
As the middle of summer arrives in Ontario, Baltimore Orioles & Orchard Orioles are getting ready to start their migration back south to Central America, northern South America, and even Florida.
Crazy, right? It feels like they just got here. I hate knowing I won’t get to see these beautiful orange birds until next spring!
At this time of year, a common question I get asked is:
“When do orioles leave Ontario?“
First, let me give you my disclaimer that there isn’t a specific date every year that orioles leave Ontario to head south for migration. They rely upon their instinct to tell them when it’s time to go.
During July, most baby orioles are leaving the nest and becoming independent. Once that occurs and breeding season is over, the parents start molting their body and flight feathers in anticipation of their migration south.
Believe it or not, some orioles leave Ontario as early as July!
But the majority of orioles start their migration south in August.
By September, it’s rare to see any orioles still hanging around.
To attract orioles to their yard, many people set out fresh oranges, grape jelly, and nectar, which orioles will readily consume when they first get back to Ontario in the spring. But as summer progresses and flowers bloom, fruits ripen, and bugs are readily available, orioles don’t need your feeders as much.
So even though orioles may still be in the area, it’s pretty common for them to stop visiting feeders in early summer.
- RELATED: Check out the LIVE bird cameras in my backyard! (You may see an oriole right now)
Most seasons, I put my oriole feeders away in July because the birds have stopped using them! My recommendation is to observe your feeding station regularly, so you know when the orioles have stopped visiting for the year.
Interestingly, you can also TRACK orioles to see if any birds are still in Ontario!
Try using EBIRD to see if anyone has still been seeing orioles near you.
If you want to learn how to use eBird to do this, please watch the video below! (In the video, I am demonstrating how to track hummingbirds, but the same concept applies to orioles. 🙂 )
When do you usually see the last oriole in Ontario?
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Thanks for reading. 🙂
We live just outside of Rondeau Provincial Park in southwestern Ontario. Sadly our few remaining Baltimore Orioles left us on September 6th. ☹️ Things are especially quiet in our yard now. It felt like a record year for Orioles, which was great to see.
I haven’t see any Orioles for two days now. Sept 2 was their last appearance at me father’s property, here east of Tottenham, in New Tecumseh, Ontario.
Those birds had a heck of a time, this year, fending off the wasps!! 😬
We were inundated with orioles at our feeders in July and up until the third week of August. They are now decreasing. But it’s September 4 and we are still getting a few here in Ancaster, Ontario.
We haven’t seen Orioles at our feeder since Aug 27/2022. We’re in Southern Ontario near Hamilton
August 26th, 2022, we still have orioles here in north Kawartha Lakes area. This is the latest we have ever seen them, usually they’re gone by the 12th of August.
We have many in Lasalle Ontario this week. August 25th
I have not seen any orioles at our feeders in West Lorne, Ontario since August 16 2022
We had two nesting families this year. I think they just left as we haven’t seen them in a couple of days.. Can’t wait to see them return next spring. Zorra Township, Ontario
I’ve had Orioles in my yard for quite a few years. I put out several feeders last week of April with oranges n grape jelly. It’s August 19th and I still see the odd one. Beautiful birds. Carlsbad Springs, Ontario