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Tips for Attracting more Hummingbirds to your Yard

September 13, 2019 at 11:20 pm

There is something magical about the sighting of hummingbirds buzzing around in and drinking nectar your yard. The thing is these birds will not go anywhere near your house if there is nothing there to attract them. If you want these beautiful birds to grace your compound with their presence, you should consider the tips below.

Hummingbird Attracting

1. Plant Your Flowers the Right Way
Hummingbirds love flowers but this does not mean they love all flowers. These birds are partial to flowers with bright colors and sweet nectar. For this reason, you should plant the flowers that are likely to attract hummingbirds. Plant flowers with bright colors and arrange these flowers for maximum visual effect in your yard. The best options are flowers with bright red petals like the hibiscus flower. Apart from its bright red petals, hummingbirds love the hibiscus flower because of its sweet nectar. In case you do not know the right flowers to plant, consult a horticulturist and this expert will recommend the right plants.

2. Buy Red Feeders
If you have flowers but you do not have feeders, the hummingbirds will not hang out in your yard. Buy plenty of feeders and place them in strategic locations all over the compound. While you are at it, you should buy red colored feeders. Hummingbirds love red colors so if your nectar feeders have a red base or a red top, the hummingbirds will come.

3. Arrange the Feeders Properly
Now, you cannot buy your feeders and just scatter them all over the place. You need to know the sweet science of feeder arrangement and use it to maximum effect. The first thing you should do is to wear your hummingbird hat. Look at the compound from the perspective of a hummingbird and figure out the best location for feeders. Now, place the feeders strategically near the flowers the hummingbirds are already visiting. Do not put the feeder in the middle of nowhere and expect the birds to feed. If your feeder is somewhere in the middle of your barren compound, smart hummingbirds will assume it is a trap and stay away from it. The best places for your feeders are perching areas like shrubs and trees. One more tip on feeder location is that the sun enhances fermentation. For this reason, you should keep the feeders out of the sun so that the nectar will last longer.

4. Never Run Out of Nectar
One of the best tips for attracting hummingbirds to your yard is to have a constant supply of nectar for these birds. You see, hummingbirds have habits. Once they notice there is always a regular supply of nectar in your yard, they will come to your yard and they will even invite their friends. Run out of nectar and they will simply go elsewhere.

5. Hang Multiple Feeders
When it comes to feeders for your visiting hummingbirds, too many is always preferable to too few. Hanging multiple feeders all over your yard ensure the birds have enough nectar. Multiple feeders are sure to attract more hummingbirds and keep bullies in check. Some hummingbirds can be touchy, aggressive and territorial. One feisty hummingbird might perch close to a feeder and stop other birds from feeding. With many feeders, you solve this problem because the would-be bully cannot impose his authority on many different feeders.

6. Feed Hummingbirds By Hand
If you think hummingbirds are timid and wild birds, you have to think again. These birds are cute and adorable. In fact, these birds are bold and relatively easy to rain. Buy a handheld feeder and you can feed your hummingbirds. With a bit of patience and tact, you will have hummingbirds practically eating out of your hands.

7. Invest in Window Feeders
You should invest in a few window feeders because they are great for your children. Just place the feeders on the window ledge and you can watch the birds feed. The window feeder is an excellent way to introduce your kids to these awesome birds. Once your children have the opportunity to watch hummingbirds up close, they will fall in love with these birds.

8. Provide Water
Hummingbirds love nectar but this is not all they live on because these birds also eat insects. Now, a diet of nectar and small insects might lead to constipation if you do not provide water for your hummingbirds. Provide a source of water and your hummingbirds will be happy. A mister is an excellent idea because the birds will drink and bathe when they come visiting.

Finally, you should plan your hummingbird garden the right way. Plant the flowers in a creative and attractive manner. Ensure you always have flowers blooming and the hummingbirds will keep coming.

Different Types of Hummingbirds

September 11, 2019 at 11:25 pm

There are over 350 different types or species of hummingbirds in the world. Most of these are known to live in different parts of Central and South America and only a handful of these species migrate. However, those that do migrate are known to have very good memories which is why they keep coming back to the same yards year after year. These tiny hummers are also the only birds with the ability to fly forward, backward as well as upside down! Another interesting fact about hummingbirds is that their brains take up 4.2% of their total weight and this happens to be the largest brain-to-body proportion in terms of weight in the whole of the Bird Kingdom (which is why they have such good memories?).

Hummingbird Species

Most Common Species/ Types of Hummingbirds

The most common types or species of these birds include the Ruby-Throated, Rufous, Broad-Tailed, Broad-Billed, Blue-Throated, Costa’s, Black-Chinned, Lucifer, Berylline, Buff-Bellied, Allen’s, Anna’s, Xantus’, Magnificent and the White-Eared hummingbirds. You may have also heard of White or Albino Hummingbirds, but technically, they do not constitute a separate species. Rather, they are the result of a very rare sort of mutation whereby the brood is born practically with no color to its feathers and this mutation can happen with any of the identified species.

Hummingbirds Found in North America

As mentioned, very few hummingbird species migrate but those that do normally spend the summer and part of the fall in different parts of North America—US and Canada (and a handful venture as far as to Alaska as well)—and return to Mexico and Central America to winter. In all, less than a couple of dozen of hummingbird species are known to migrate. Among these, there are five species that are most commonly found in North America. These are:

1. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

These are one of the most common hummingbird species found in North America and especially east of the Mississippi. The name ruby-throated owes its origin to the males of the species that come with a vibrant ruby-red gorget, made even more prominent by a spacious white collar. The females lack the colorful gorget but come with the same attractive green feathers on the top. The females are also larger than the males and have rounded tails (in place of forked ones of the males).

The ruby-throated hummingbirds, especially the males, are known to be extremely territorial and aggressive. These birds love nectar feeders and are easily found in urban parks, gardens and backyards.

2. Anna’s Hummingbird

This is perhaps the only species of hummingbirds found in North America that don’t migrate to winter in Central or South America. Some of them spend all year in Canada, others in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Those that stay in Canada all year round normally winter on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

The males flaunt a gorgeous pink-red crown, have gray breasts and green backs. The females can be identified by their red-spotted throats and white-tipped tail feathers. Some of these species are also found in Newfoundland, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.

3. Rufous Hummingbird
These birds are most commonly found in the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, though some fly as far as to Alaska. These birds have a strange migrating pattern as they will travel through California to areas along Northern Pacific Coast up to Canada and Southern Alaska and then return to Mexico to winter, covering almost 2,000 miles on their way back. Some of them also winter along the Gulf Coast in the southeastern United States.

You can easily recognize a male rufous by its iridescent orange-red patch on the throat and by their rufous or sometimes orange plumage. Adult females are slightly larger than males and have a green crown, a greenish back with a rufous wash over them and tail feathers with white tips on them. These birds are easily attracted to nectar feeders, but like the ruby-throated, they are extremely territorial and will drive away other birds from their preferred feeding sites. For this reason, you are better advised to hang multiple nectar feeders if you have rufous hummers visiting your backyard.

4. Costa’s Hummingbird

Perhaps the only species, besides the Anna’s, to spend all year-round in US. The Costa’s’ prefer arid desert areas and are commonly found in the desert regions of Arizona, Nevada and California while others live in the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The birds are easily recognizable by the males’ almost glowingly vibrant purple-pink cap and gorget that stretch in sharp points along the sides of their throat. The females come without the cap but otherwise look the same with their white underparts and the greenish-gray plumage.

As these birds prefer open, arid regions, they are not usually found at backyards, though some vagrants may venture out at the outer edges of the subrubs.

5. Allen’s Hummingbird

These birds look much the same as the rufous and it’s easy to confuse the two. However, the Allen’s hummers contain little sequin-like greens both on the head and on the back and the males have a dark copper-red throat. However, the two species take residents in very different parts of US. The Allen’s are commonly found in coastal Californian regions and in Oregon. They also migrate earlier than most other species, starting their journey north as early as in December.

Apart from the above, some other hummingbird species that are commonly found in North America include the Broad-Billed, Black-Chinned and the Violet-Crowned Hummingbirds.

Best Hummingbird Feeder Replacement Parts

August 21, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Birders very often set up hummingbird feeders within the peripheries of their gardens/ backyards, so that they may observe the visiting birds. Many of these feeders have separate replacement parts as well, which provide additional features and benefits. However, since these parts are to be bought separately, one must invest in them carefully. The following list identifies some of the good tools to invest in:

Top Supplier Recommendation: http://www.hummingbirdfeederparts.birdsofna.org/

Hummingbird Feeder Parts

  1. Hummingbird Feeder Replacement Bottom (one base)

These replacement bottoms come with pop apart bases, which allow easy cleaning and rinsing of the device. It comes with 8 different stations, and large outer rings as well, which allow safe, easy perching. Moreover, the base is coated specially, in such a way that the UV rays do not harm the paint. This way, the paint lasts for longer periods of time. It is also non-toxic; therefore, the birds’ healths are not compromised when they feed from the feeder. More importantly, these bases fit with almost all the bottles which have 1” screw openings.

  1. Hummingbird Feeder Tube, type 1

There are several types of feeder tubes which are available in the market. This type is basically a decorative nectar glass tube, which comes with flower caps. These caps have the potential to attract hummingbirds, which mistake them for actual flowers. The tubes are hand blown usually, which are many times better than those which are manufactured using acrylic.

Moreover, these serve as amazing stopper replacements for all those tubes you previously owned, but could not use them for they had broken. The stoppers are tapered such that they offer a very tight fit to the tube.

  1. Hummingbird Feeder Tube, type 2

This type of tube is often very inexpensive, in terms of monetary value. However, this does not mean that the quality is compromised in any way. In fact, these tubes can turn almost any container to a feeder. Also, some of these come with red tips, which are generally attractive for birds. They flaunt a very simple and easy to clean style. The rubber stoppers which come with this type of model, they are tapered such that they offer tight fits to the tubes. This way, leakage issues are countered.

  1. Glass Nectar Reservoirs

These reservoirs come with easy to clean bases, which accommodate 8 nectar feeding ports, therefore, allowing 8 different birds to feed at the same time. Moreover, these are highly attractive specimens, which have the ability to attract hummingbirds.

The above described ways provide all the necessary tools where you can find all the replacement tools needed to fix up. Someone who’s into bird watchers would definitely enjoy these tricks!

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Top Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

November 26, 2016 at 4:31 am

One of the biggest problems when it comes to installing a bird feeder in your yard or porch is that it usually attracts hordes of squirrels. Not only do the squirrels eat the seeds reserved for birds, they also ruin the feeder by chewing it into bits. With that said, when you purchase a bird feeder, always see to it that it’s designed in a way that protects it from squirrels. It should also be made from materials that don’t easily give way to a squirrel’s razor-sharp teeth. To help you out, below is a quick overview of the top squirrel proof bird feeders today. These are the ones you should purchase if you want your feeder safe from squirrels and other rodents.

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Squirrel Proof Feeder

1. The Squirrel Buster Feeder by Brome – This feeder was specifically designed to keep squirrels at bay. The feeder’s metallic top and bottom completely protects it from constant nibbling. A sturdy wire mesh covers the body of the feeder. Birds can easily access the seeds and nuts through the dispenser which is too small to be accessed by squirrels. Both perching and clinging birds can feed from the dispenser.

2. The Squirrel Be Gone by Perky Pet – What makes this feeder unique is that it doesn’t look like a bird feeder which is quite helpful in keeping squirrels away. Designed like a long square tube, it has six feeding ports and it can contain up to three and a half pounds of seeds. Metal perches also surround the feeder so that birds can feed securely and comfortably. It’s the perfect feeder for birds like jays, juncos, grosbeaks, kinglets, doves, cardinals, flickers, finches, and grackles.

3. The Wild Bird Feeder by Perky Pet – This is probably one of the most uniquely designed feeders in the market today. Unlike other feeders, it’s shaped like a ball and it doesn’t come with a seed dispenser. Instead, the entire body of the feeder is composed of wire mesh with openings that are just big enough so that birds can pick at the seeds inside. It’s also colored red which makes it look like a red balloon from afar.

4. The Heritage Farms Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder – First of all, this feeder has a steel body which means that it’s impossible for squirrels to nibble through it. It can also hold up to nine pounds of seeds. And last but not the least, it has top locks that prevents squirrels from accessing the stored seeds.

5. The Copper Panorama Bird Feeder by Perky Pet – Designed like an outdoor lamp, this feeder is made from copper so it’s very sturdy. Seeds are only dispersed on the feeding tray only when there are birds picking at the seeds. If the tray is full, the feeder simply stops dispensing more seeds.

Installing these bird feeders is also easy. Whether you want to hang them from a tree branch or from an awning in your porch, you can easily do it using the accessories that come with the feeders. They can also be taken down with ease if you want to have them refilled with seeds and other bird food.

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Best Hummingbird Feeder Designs

November 26, 2016 at 1:45 am

With the many hummingbird feeders available out there, choosing the right one can be difficult. However, when buying, you should look for the feeder that is sturdy, easy to mount, and is easy to clean. Modern feeders are often bowl shaped for easy cleaning, unlike the old barrel type models. They are also mainly made of polycarbonate for strength and durability. Below is a list of four best hummingbird feeders you would consider buying.

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Hummingbird Feeders

1.The HummZinger Feeder
This feeder manufactured by Aspects Inc is one of the best in the market, and comes with a three year guarantee. It has a shallow pan that’s transparent. All round it is a continuous rail where the birds can perch. It has a top that’s 15 cm in diameter. Round its top are four ports for the humming birds stick their beaks to feed. It can hold up to 12 ounces of nectar. Cleaning it is pretty easy as it involves just lifting the lid and washing the inside. All corners are round and accessible and therefore nothing will be left during washing. It’s bright red in color to help attract the birds and is made of very quality material; unbreakable glass like polycarbonate plastic.

HummZinger feeder link: http://www.hummingbirdsplus.org/feeders/

2. The Perky-Pet Model 221 “Oasis”
It’s relatively cheaper, and therefore doesn’t come with very quality materials. Which may explain its one year guarantee. However, its design and the features make it to stand out.
It basically consists of a clear plastic container and a red cover. There is a socket in case you want to pole mount it. Round the cover is a perch. It also comes with an ant moat to keep away ants. And the amount of nectar it can hold is enormous, seeing that it stands at 16. Its therefore ideal for those who find their feeders emptied so often.

3. The Droll Yankees Model L-F “Little Flyer”This model Droll Yankees Inc of the USA and takes the shape of a saucer with a snap in lid. Its made from polycarbonate and therefore very strong and durable. The base is clear while the top is red to attract the hummers. It has three ports and is capable of holding between 10 and 12 ounces of feed. The openings to the ports are made small enough to keep away bees and wasps. There’s also and internal ant moat.

4. The Aspects Jewel Box Window Hummingbird Feeder Its a favourite for those with a sense of beauty for it elegant jewel box design. The hinged cover makes for easy lifting of the top when refilling or cleaning. It has suction cups and is, therefore, easy to fix anywhere, on walls, windows, and anywhere else you would prefer. It has three feeding ports, and can carry up to 8 ounces of nectar. It comes with a detachable ant moat and the perch is raised for easy bird viewing.

Armed with knowledge of features that make a good feeder, you will be able to wade through the items available and make the best buy. This will avoid the disappointment of making a wrong choice.

Types of Hummingbird Food

November 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

Hummingbirds are an enigma, there is always something new to learn about them. Nectar is the most predominant hummingbird food that is used to lure the birds to gardens. However, hummingbirds do not depend on nectar alone. They also feed on tree sap, insects and spiders so as to supplement their protein supply. Some hummingbird species have even been observed to ingest sand and ashes.

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Best Types of Hummingbird Food

If you want to attract these lovely birds to your home, you must understand the requirements needed to feed them and at the same time keep them healthy. As much as most of us would find it very easy to make homemade nectar for the birds, it is important to take precautionary measures so as to ensure that the health of the birds is not affected. It is recommended that one mixes one part of sugar in four parts of water when preparing homemade nectar. Always ensure that the sugar brand that you are using is pure and granulated. Avoid honey, artificial sweeteners, powdered sugar and brown sugar at all costs. This is because the chemicals contained in these products can cause illness and subsequent death of the birds. The other alternative is to purchase premixed nectar. However, avoid the red colored nectar because studies have indicated that it has a damaging effect to the bird’s kidneys. The mixture should also be frequently changed to avoid contamination.

Since hummingbirds cannot depend on nectar alone, planting flowers in the garden can be done so as to attract other insects that will serve as hummingbird food. The best flowers are those which have vibrant colors. You can always inquire from your local bird group on the flowers that will grow best in your locality. The recommended flowers include delphiniums, honeysuckles and trumpet vines. Apart from attracting flying insects, these flowers have nectar which is an alternative hummingbird food. Trees in the garden can also provide sap for the birds. Hummingbirds are also known to feed on juice from overripe fruits.

Resource: Hummingbird Food – Hummingbirds Plus

The maintenance of the feeders where the hummingbird food is placed is also very important. They must be thoroughly cleaned before refilling is done. Always use a mild detergent and rinse using plenty of water. You can soak the feeder in a solution of bleach and water at least once every month to ensure that it is free from any disease causing germs. Alternatively, you can sterilize them using a dish washer. You can also use a moat to protect your feeder from ants. Your feeder should be raised at least four feet above the ground and as far as possible from the nests so as to protect the birds from predators.

Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that are loved by many people across the world. In the past, people used to hunt them because of their feathers. A lot of effort has been made to protect them although pollution and destruction of their natural habitat has taken a toll on these beautiful creatures. Feeding and ensuring that these birds have a hospitable environment to live in is a great milestone in conserving nature.