Hummingbirds and Orioles are almost here!

Such colourful birds flashing through the garden looking for nectar and insects.  Since there isn’t a lot in bloom now, putting up a feeder is a great way to feed these weary travelers.

Hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds dart from one nectar source to the other.  Hummingbirds are guided by visual attractors and are especially attracted to certain shades of red, such as Butterflybush, Beebalm (Monarda), Perennial Sage (Salvia) and Weigela.

Recipe for Hummingbird nectar for your feeders:

4 cups water
1 cup refined sugar (Not Organic)

– Mix and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present
– Cool and fill the feeder
– Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator
– Hang outside and wait for the Hummingbirds to come!

Recommendation: Clean feeder with every fill and use an ant moat

Orioles:

These brightly coloured birds are more slender than a robin a have thick necks and long legs.  The adult males are orange with a black head and a white bar on their black wings.  Females are grayish on the head with two white bars on their wings.

Orioles love insects such as caterpillars and spiders.  Look for them up high at the tops of trees as they fly through the upper foliage looking for insects.  They are also fans of wild berries, oranges and nectar which is a great way to attract them to your garden.

Use an Oriole feeder with fresh sugar-water; it is specifically designed for orioles as their beaks are too big for a hummingbird feeder.  They also love the colour and taste of oranges.  Cut up oranges and perch them on a branch or feeder.  Orioles will also eat grape jelly (it’s true!).  Offer it in an open dish and keep it fresh.

Recipe for Oriole nectar for your feeders:

6 cups water
1 cup refined sugar (Not Organic)

– Mix and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present
– Cool and fill the feeder
– Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator
– Hang outside and wait for the Orioles to come!

Recommendation: Clean feeder with every fill and use an ant moat

Hummingbird and Oriole Feeders as well as Fruit Feeders are available at the Dufferin Garden Centre