Have you noticed that the grass is greener and the trees are lush with leaves?? The May flowers are emerging with blooms and the bees are busy gathering pollen. The hum of spring is underway.
Which leads me to my next question… Are y’all ready for hummingbird season? Here in North Carolina our season officially begins each year around Late March – mid April. Yes, Put your hummingbird feeder out around tax season- April 15th as they are warm season birds. If you looked at your calendar lately, it is already May😳.
Have you spotted any hummingbirds yet near your feeder??? Do you have your feeder out???
If you haven’t prepared for your tiny visitors yet, you can visit us at Wilkes County Hardware for a great hummingbird season. Did you know that hummingbirds tend to return to the same areas as the previous year? Hummingbirds are migratory birds & they will be eager to find a full feeder. Hummingbirds will return to the same source of food each and every year, if it is readily available. Be ready with a full feeder for your favorite little hummers.
What if you have never been successful in attracting hummingbirds to your garden??? Can you find success in 2023??? Yes!
Creating A Hummingbird Habitat: A Few Tips for a successful season
1. Hummingbird feeders ideally should be placed 15-20 feet from a window. Shrubs and trees nearby for resting areas for hummingbirds as they feed, and a have water source close by like a bird bath or a fountain.
2. Hummingbird Feeders should be cleaned out every few days as the temperature begins to warm up and feeder should not be placed into full sun.
3. Hummingbirds will be attracted to all the beautiful colors in your yard/garden. Yes, you can plant certain flowers that will attract hummingbirds. Vines, certain perennials, and tubular flowers are welcome sources of nectar. This year is a great year to add those into your landscape. Our flower seed order is already in the hardware store. Stop by to purchase some new flower seeds soon. To add these lovely flowers into your lush garden landscape.
4. Your Hummingbird feeder should be easily visible for your enjoyment and easy to spot by the hungry little hummingbird.
5. Be patient, it may take several weeks before you notice any little hummers at your feeder. Leave your feeder in place for a least two weeks before moving it to a different location.
6.Lastly, use clear nectar in your feeder only. Yes, hummingbirds love the color red, but nectar is clear in its most natural form…the beautiful red, tubular flowers that hummingbirds love to feed from in nature. If you wish to attract more hummers, then go for a red hummingbird feeder and clear nectar.