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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time to put out the hummingbird and oriole feeder!

April 15th, time to put out the hummingbirds feeders in mid-Michigan. If I can get it together today, my hummingbird and oriole feeders will be up by the end of the day! I don't usually see my hummies & oreos until the 1st week in May, but it is better to have feeders up too early rather than too late.

Where is the best place to hang your feeder?
  • The number one rule in hanging any feeder is to place it where you can watch the birds comfortably. The whole point in bird feeding is to watch these winged wonders up close. 
  • Since birds feed by sight, the second rule is to hang the feeder where they will be able to see it as they fly over your yard. A new feeder may be found sooner if hung near a flower garden or hanging flower basket.
  • Place your hummingbird feeders near bushes or trees to provide perching spots and protection from predators.
  • The height of the feeder is less important. Hummingbirds feed from the flowers on the ground and from the tops of flowering trees or climbing vines.
  • Part sun or shade is the best place for nectar feeders. The nectar lasts longer in the shade. Also the nectar in bottle feeders can expand in the sun and start to drip and this will call in bees and ants.
  • Make sure your nectar is fresh and the correct one part white sugar to four parts water solution.
  • In hot weather you should clean your feeder at least twice a week. Just like a restaurant, if a bird comes by to check out your new feeder and finds it filled with spoiled food, they won’t return anytime soon.
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