Aunt Julie, she of Pop'rs fame, thinks she should send this photo to Welch's. This Baltimore Oriole hangs out at the feeder by Auntie J.'s family room window. And what's in the feeder? Why, grape jelly, of course! Aunt Julie explains.
"The male gets a beak-full of jelly and feeds the babies, who are sitting on a perch nearby, or sometimes even on the bowl or the holder. By now, they are as big as he is, and look quite capable of taking care of themselves!"
Just like Aunt Julie, Uncle Lynn and their little birdies--boys all (four of 'em!)--spoonfeeding the brood until they're ready to fly. Julie has second thoughts occasionally, though, about this kind of parenting strategy. "Sometimes I think it would be better to be the kind who pushes them out of the nest and lets nature take it’s course!"