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Migration and Hummingbirds

Can you imagine the instinct birds have to know the whens and wheres to migrate? In spring their migration destination is most often their starting point, the place they were born.   Hummingbird watch has begun. They set their internal GPS’s weeks ago from the southern regions where they migrated to in the fall. Instinct now signals the search for an abundance of nectar. There are homes to build, eggs to hatch and young ones to encourage to take flight. Their timely appearance here is a happy place for us, as it signals our happy place in an abundance of colourful flower blooms, will have returned. If you are interested in following the migration of the hummingbirds click on the link below....

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What Should I Do If I Find a Baby Bird

Unsure of what your next steps are when finding a baby bird. Click on this linkI Found a Baby BirdSource: Help Baby Birds At some point, nearly everyone who spends time outdoors finds a baby bird—one that is unable to fly well and seems lost or abandoned. Our first impulse is to adopt the helpless creature, but this often does more harm than good—and in most cases, the young bird doesn't need our help at all. The first thing to do is to figure out if it's a nestling or a fledgling. If it's sparsely feathered and not capable of hopping, walking, flitting, or gripping tightly to your finger, it's a nestling. If so, the nest is almost certainly nearby....

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Hummingbirds Good to Know Guide

  Feeding HummingbirdsBird House Nature Company sells hummingbird nectar and you can easily make your own. Measure out 1 part white sugar to 4 parts water and mix thoroughly. If you boil the mixture to remove impurities, it may keep longer before it starts to spoil. And don’t mix in any honey, red dye or other additives when feeding hummingbirds. Simple sugar and water work just fine. Keep Feeders CleanSugar water that has started to grow moldy can be dangerous to birds. If you’re going to put out feeders, it’s essential that you keep them clean and replace the mixture regularly—at least once every three or four days, more often in hot weather. If the mixture starts to look cloudy,...

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Attracting Orioles

Expert Tips on How to Attract Orioles Start early. Your best chance of attracting orioles is when they first arrive in early spring. Use the same nectar recipe for orioles as you do for hummingbirds-four parts boiled water to one part sugar. Keep nectar fresh, and don’t use food coloring. These birds are attracted to the color orange, so look for a feeder specifically designed for orioles. Make sure your feeder has large enough perches and drinking ports. It’s not unusual for orioles to try hummingbird feeders, but their bills are often too big. Orioles love the color and taste of oranges. Offer orange halves on a branch or feeder. Orioles will also eat grape jelly. Serve the jelly in...

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