get ready for hummingbirds!

Every spring it happens—stunning, jewel-toned tiny birds come flitting through our yards on their way back home from their winter habitats in the south. The earliest sightings are usually in the warm, southern states around late February.

If you’d like to attract more of the little birds, get up to date on hummer facts and fiction, and read our tips for creating a hummingbird friendly habitat in your yard. If you’re curious about what species of hummers you’ve got, the most common varieties in the US are Allen’s, Rufous, Anna’s, Costa’s, and Ruby-Throated. You can get more info about these, and other, species at the World of Hummingbirds Catalog. Did you know that there are over 300 species of hummingbird in the world, and that 51 of them are endangered in some way?

To attract more hummingbirds, you want to create an inviting habitat—that includes water, places to perch, shade, sun, feeders full of nectar, and lots of tiny bugs. Obviously, you don’t want to use pesticides in your garden—you want those bugs for the hummingbirds. Attract enough hummingbirds, and you won’t have a bug problem! Continue reading

what’s the buzz…
inviting hummingbirds for a visit

HummingbirdThe first hummingbirds have already been spotted in southern states; it’s time to hang out our feeders to invite the tiny avian powerhouses into your yard for another year. Hummingbirds aren’t just a pretty face in the garden, they play a vital part in pollination and they have a voracious appetite, and it’s not just for nectar. They also happen to eat tiny bugs like ants, aphids, mosquitoes, gnats, whiteflies, and small beetles (another reason to not use pesticide in your garden!) The bugs actually account for about a third of their diet. So, how can you attract more of these fabulous fliers? Hummers don’t have a sense of smell, so it’s all about practicality and pretty with them.

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