Here you’ll find proven methods for attracting and caring for hummingbirds. Beginner to advanced hummer enthusiasts will find valuable information and helpful tips. My hope is that this knowledge will provide a more enjoyable experience for both you and the birds.
Get the Right Kind of Feeder. Saucer type feeders with perches and ant motes are preferred.
I have been using saucer type feeders almost exclusively for years. I feel the birds prefer them to the tube type and they are generally much easier to clean. Birds like to perch, rest, catch tiny bugs and survey their territory at the feeders. Sitting and resting during feeding saves precious energy and helps young birds to socialize. The flat feeders also give the little guys a much better view of their spread. I have learned the hard way that yellow flowers on feeders are unnecessary. They not only attract wasps and bees, they can become brittle and break. The extra pieces also make the feeder harder to clean. I recommend the HummZinger by Aspects which is basically only two pieces. It is attractive, drip resistant, easy to clean and has a deeper well which deters bees and wasps.
Use the Right Sugar Water Mixture. Never use premixed solutions!
I repeat, do not use premixed solutions! ESPECIALLY do not use any product with red dye. The additives and dyes are unnecessary and could potentially harm the birds. Hummingbirds get their nutrition from the insects they eat. Although no studies have been conducted on birds ingesting dyes, why take a chance on something that’s totally useless? The birds will be attracted by the red color of your feeder. If you’ve got a cool designer model with a fancy shape and a different color, do yourself a favor and hang it inside. In my experience, they are more trouble than they are worth hummer h2 cover.
You’ll need to make a plain ole’ SUGAR WATER NECTAR to attract our little jewels. A four part tap water to one part regular cane sugar (absolutely no substitutes) is the most widely accepted solution. This mix approximates the average sucrose content of flowers favored by North American birds. Do not use anything other than pure cane sugar and don’t make it sweeter as it may harm the birds. Sometimes people like to make things more complicated than they need to be. There’s no need to boil the water! Really, trust me. Just use very hot tap water and dissolve the sugar by stirring vigorously. This will last up to two weeks in the fridge, but I make up mine as needed. Use a towel underneath the feeder as you carry it outside to avoid sticky drips. I personally use a five parts water to one part sugar mixture except during times of migration, when they need to put on weight and require more energy. This five to one mix increases hummingbird action at my feeders and decreases ant and other insect attraction. It also saves on sugar bills and the hummers seem to like it just as well.
Hang your Feeder in the Right Place. Location is key.
The north side of your home is the most desirable location. It will probably be in shade most of the day which will keep your sugar water cooler and fresher longer. The south side is least desirable and will most likely be in more direct sunlight. Positioning feeders near trees and plant cover is ideal, however a big part of attracting these little dazzlers is enjoying their company, so be sure to hang them by windows or areas of your yard that you use frequently. To be on the safe side, if not protected by a screen, put decals and or sun catchers on windows near feeders to avoid collisions. I think pole hangers are the safest and most versatile because they can easily be moved to ideal locations. These poles come a variety of heights and should be adjusted for window viewing. Poles keep feeders a safe distance off of the ground, away from predators. Feeders should be at least five to six feet in the air and far enough away from trees to deter curious cats. Where there’s sugar, there will be ants, so here’s a few tips about ants. I successfully used Raid Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes at the base of a couple of my poles to eliminate ants last year. I have also sprayed PAM cooking oil and have applied shortening on poles at the base, near the ground to eliminate ants from climbing up. Do not spray or use vegetable oil or shortening up high where it could drip or might come into contact with birds!
The Right Feeder Maintenance is Paramount. The return is well worth the effort.
Maintaining your feeders is a commitment. Your hummers will become dependent on your care. Be prepared to continue with the upkeep, or plant a hummingbird garden instead. Hummingbirds will starve rather than consume spoiled sugar water. If you let them down, they will simply move on and you’ll be left hummerless. When the sugar solution in your feeder turns cloudy, it’s spoiled and needs to be replaced. If you get a lot of rain, the mixture will get diluted and needs to be replaced. If the temperature is over 80 degrees (F), clean and refill at least every three or four days. Over 90°(F), it might spoil in one or two days. Discard any unconsumed or spoiled solution after a week, or if the water becomes cloudy. Every filling, flush the feeder with hot tap water and scrub with a small bottle brush or special feeder brush. Don’t use soap, just water. Visually inspect the entire feeder for black mold each time you fill it! This mold is easily removed with a brush and bleach soak. A bleach soak should be done on a regular basis; monthly or as needed. Clean the feeder thoroughly with a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water Soak one hour, then clean with a bottle or feeder brush. Rinse well with running water and refill. If the birds are not emptying your feeder between cleanings, just partially refill it.
Provide the Right Environment. Make your yard hummer friendly!
Plant vegetation that attracts hummingbirds to your yard. This will provide natural nectar and attract the insects they feed on. The flowers they are attracted to are usually highly visible with little or no fragrance. A hummer garden is also a great way to attract customers to your feeders. Be sure to protect the birds from predators by keeping the bushes trimmed up off the ground and flower beds protected from lurking cats by using small garden fences. We have a low wall around our Butterfly Bushes and have also successfully used a low picket fencing that comes in a roll. Don’t use pesticides around hummingbird plants. Pesticides will also eliminate the small insects hummingbirds rely upon for protein. Ingesting pesticides sprayed onto flowers could sicken or kill the birds
Some Common Plants to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds:
Trees and Shrubs: Azalea, Butterfly Bush, Cape Honeysuckle, Hibiscus, Laurel, Mimosa, Rose of Sharon
Vines: Coral Honeysuckle Cypress Vine Morning Glory Trumpet Creeper
Flowers: Bee Balm, Canne, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Foxglove, Host, Yucca, Fuchsia impatiens, Petunia and various Salvia species Living in Southern New Jersey, the only species we see here is the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. I have been enjoying and feeding them for over twenty years. By August, we usually have hordes of hummers. Because they return to the same spot year after year, we just keep getting more and more! I heard one way to estimate the number of individuals you have, is to count the number you can see at one time, and then multiply it by four. The most I could count at one time was 27, so we probably had over 100 birds here last year. We went through over seventy pounds of sugar! My friends have started to call me a name I am very fond and proud of, “The Hummingbird Master”.
Refresh Your Dull Factory Covers With Chrome Accessories
The unique sparkle of chrome trim provides a classy contrast on any area of our vehicle. Have you ever viewed your vehicle from the side look and nothing grabbed your attention? Then probably you have to go with accessories for your big truck parts to grab the attention. Chrome accessories favors against rust and corrosion. Accessories are designed to replace factory vehicles plastic parts. If you’d like to add a little style to your car or truck without spending wealth, consider upgrading to chrome. Many car and truck accessories are available in a chrome finish, which is sleeker and more durable. These chrome truck accessories can heighten our auto or truck’s look in minutes, adding a perfect final touch that will leave our vehicle look complete. Chrome door handles add a custom touch to any car or truck. Chrome mirror covers add style and personality to our car or truck. Truck chrome mirror covers are easy to install, simply peel and stick.
Features of accessories:
– Won’t corrode or rust like trim metal pieces
– Easy install- just peel and paste in the place
– Great looking
– Made up of long lasting material
– No drilling and cutting required
– Install in a minute.
Chrome headlight bezels are easy to install. It’s just easy to peel and stick. Chrome accessories complete the look of our vehicle. Chrome belt line trim also adds beauty to our vehicle. They are made from stainless steel and are polished to mirror like shining. It’s very easy to create a ritual look to our trucks with accessories. Chrome accessories for our hummer is also easy, no drilling or cutting of any parts are required they can be just placed in the parts by just peeling. Installing accessories is just a minute job.Chrome side and body molding easily installs over the existing body of the truck. All accessories are designed such that they withstand the rigor of the elements. One can easily install the accessories in their big truck parts. They give extra shine and glistening to the entire structure of the trucks body. Truck tail gate locks are made from hardened steel and they act as an anti-theft device.
Limos in the North East
There are many different types and styles of limos in the North East of England from stretch Lincoln Town Cars to Hummer H2 limos. The limos in the North East covers an area that comprises Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Tees Valley. The main towns and cities in the North East that are the most popular for limousine hire are Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham , Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough. Perhaps the most requested town in the North East for a trip with a limousine is Newcastle upon Tyne. The limousines in the Newcastle upon Tyne area are second to none with a superb range of stretch Lincoln Town Cars in many different colours. There are traditional white stretch Lincoln Town Cars, new shape and fitted with plasma TV’s, DVD players, CD players and mirrored ceilings. There are presidential black stretch Lincoln Town Cars and brand new silver Lincoln Town Cars. There are also Lincoln Town Car limos with a theme to them such as the pink Playboy limousine, a stretch Lincoln Town Car with Playboy bunnies on the side of the limo and Playboy cushions inside the vehicle. In addition there is the blue WKD limousine, which is a blue Lincoln Town Car based on the drink blue WKD and provides this drink rather than the usual bubbly.
There are also a quality range of Fire Engine limousines, some even crewed by real fire fighters, that still have working flashing lights and sirens. They typically seat 8 people but there is a pink Fire Engine limousine that can seat up to 16 passengers. They are very popular for hen nights, girlie birthdays and children’s parties. An amazing Chrysler C300 Baby Bentley limousine is also available in the North West with a black and silver livery. One of the most requested of all the limousines are the Hummer limos. The white stretch Hummer is the Hummer H3 limousine which is the smaller cousin of the Hummer H2 limo. This limo is perfect for smaller parties that want to enjoy the experience of travelling in a Hummer limousine. The pink Hummer H2 limousine seats up to 12 people and is kitted out with karaoke, pink strobes and a pink PlayStation 2. For larger parties of up to 16 people there is a fantastic selection of Jeep Excursion limousines in a range of colors. There is the black Jeep Excursion limousine which is also known as the Phantom, 2 silver Jeep Excursion limousines, a pink Playboy Jeep Excursion limousine and a white Jeep Excursion limousine. The Excursion limousines are much like Hummer H2 limousines in that they seat the same amount of people and are kitted out with much the same gadgets and gizmos. The difference lies in their price as they are much cheaper than a similar size Hummer H2 limousine.