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Thursday, April 6, 2017

When hummingbirds arrive in Michigan

When do I put up the feeder? Are they migrating to Michigan soon? What is the best hummingbird food recipe? Should I make it stronger in the spring?~ Lansing

There is a lot of excitement about hummingbirds! 

When do I put up the hummingbird feeder?
The days are getting longer and people are anxious for the arrival of certain birds and flowers. If you check out the migration maps at www.hummingbirds.net you’ll see that Ruby-thoated hummingbirds begin to travel north as early as the end of February.

Hummingbirds migrate alone, each to their own internal clock and map. As the weather warms individuals will begin to reach Michigan in mid-April and the final ones will arrive in June. I always say in mid-Michigan you have to pay your taxes and put out your hummingbird feeders by April 15th. The first hummingbirds probably won’t stick around but continue on to nest in the Upper Peninsula or Canada. The hummingbirds that choose to nest in our area (the regulars) usually arrive by Mothers Day, the second Sunday in May.

Do I make the nectar recipe stronger to give them more energy?
It's not necessary to make your sugar solution stronger. The 4:1 ratio of water to white sugar is the closest to the favorite flowers that hummingbirds visit. That would be four parts water to one part plain white sugar. Click HERE for more details. 

In Michigan you can attract hummingbird from mid-April to the end of October. Migrating birds follow their own schedule usually, based on the weather.

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When did people start to feed hummingbirds?: http://bit.ly/o8Y8HR

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