Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tips From the Garden-HummingbirdTips


Tips From the Garden~
HummingbirdTips


For today's Saturdays Gardens Post I thought I would pull out my handy
 bird book of secrets to help you all with your hummingbirds that you might have in your
 backyards and porch's with the fall season. Many of these jewels of the
 sky may be getting ready for their Southwestern migration route; for example despite
 the Ruby-throat hummingbird tiny size
 [4inches length; wingspan 5inches; weight 1/10 oz],
 these jewels of the sky will migrate more than 1,850 miles
 from the Eastern Coast of the U.S. - crossing 600 miles of ocean gulf of Mexico
 to spend the winter in Central America.
The Ruby-Throats return to their breeding grounds just in time
 according to same location they have always used to nest their young.
 The Ruby-throats that live in the southern parts of the United States
 begin their return of migration as early as February.
The Hummingbirds that live further North Time -
 will return to coincide with the flowering of their food plants.
 For me~ I have the Anna Hummingbird which I call Rosy.
Anna Hummingbirds are very common in the Pacific Northwest to British Columbia.
Some of you probably already know about my Rosy
The Anna hummingbird that has made his home
on my porch for the last 5 to 7 years. He did at one time migrate south in the fall, but now
he has stayed throughout all the seasons even when we have those few snow winters and that terrible
ice storm too! For those that aren't familiar with the Anna hummingbird - I thought I would give you all
a  brief summary about my Rosy. These Anna Hummingbirds are kinda a chunky or sturdy hummingbird
looking pretty fine with their bright metallic green backs and gray underparts.
Males[Rosy] have rose-red crows and throats. Basically their entree head, but the back part of
their head is covered with the metallic rose-red color that shines brilliantly in the sunlight.
Females are a little plain, but still beautiful. They usually show a small patch of the
 

metallic rose-red which is a small patch on their throat and tend to be more dingy gray
underneath than other hummingbirds.
These hummingbirds are more vocal that most other of the hummingbirds, the male Anna's
has a rather unmelodious song that is a series of repetitive scratichy notes which often
delivered while perched on a favorite tree or branch that is close by a
garden that he has decided that is his. And he will protect it from all other
hummingbirds that try to come in.. Only females are allowed, I have watched this with
Rosy and it very interesting to watch. One afternoon there was another male that came
by and I tell you my Rosy was not going to let that male say without letting him know
who's the boss of this tiny garden.
For his courtship display, the male Anna's hovers in midair, delivering his
buzzy song, then flies very high and then plummets towards the female.
At the end of the dive, he abruptly pulls up and makes a distinctive loud popping noise.
Some individuals Anna's will start nesting as early as December.
On a personal note I have yet to find my Rosy nesting area
around where I live and where he nests with his female partner in
December but, if i do you all will be the first to know because I will post it for you all...
Now for those Hummingbird tips~
1- You can use your coffee grounds from your coffee maker at home to help with
Ants.  Cut small pieces of  colorful fabric into square pieces. Then put a small
amount in each square pieces of fabric and tie with thick yard or string. After that
you just hang them around the feeders. The aroma will rid the area of Ants.
2-If you happen to have a pond in your backyard or on your small patio with a waterfall
that even can produces a light mist. I have read that hummingbirds
love to whiz through the mist and drink from the pond. So if you have a way of
putting a water element in your garden however large or tiny this is a great tip for
your tiny hummingbird friends.
3-If you plant lots of the Pink Chenille near their sugar-water feeders, as well as
Amaryllis, Bee Balm [red are are the best], Oriental Lilies and Hibiscus too.
It seems the hummingbirds love these and you with have great luck with these
flowering plants that will work either in an backyard or Pots on a patio too.
4-Another hint is hanging your hummingbird feeders in the Shady areas of your yard or
patio, which makes the homemade nectar stay fresh much longer when its in the shade
than in the sunny areas. Also by hanging your feeders where you can
reach them easily makes for fast and easy cleaning too.
5-Another tip for the garden is Morning Glories, Four-o'clock,
Gladiola's, Perennial Sweet Peas, Lantana and Turk's Caplilys they all are
great for your hummingbirds...
6-The Gold-Flame Honeysuckle Vine will attract loads of hummingbirds.
they prefer they nectar producing in these flowers to the sugar water bird feeders
7-Great tips for cleaning your hummingbird feeders~
In a larger pail with a light laundry detergent and water [follow the manufactures
directions for the proportions], immerse the dirty feeders for about an hour
then brush them clean and rinse well. I use white vinegar as a finally rinse.
It works very well for the problem spots of mold.
8-Finally I thought I would give you my homemade recipe for my hummingbirds
If you don't already have it hear it is again:
Its 1cup white sugar to 4 cups of water
*First put the 4cups of waters in a heat safe pot on the top of you stove,
when it comes to a boil add the 1cup of white sugar, stir the sugar until
it is all dissolved.
*Mix for 1min to make sure all the white sugar is dissolved.
*After the sugar is all dissolved take the pot off the heat to cool
*Once the mixture has cooled get a container ready to put the first patch into
the container and then repeat the process over till you have a full container of
sugar nectar for you hummingbirds. Keep in  your refrigerator.
If you want I added a teaspoon of orange extract to the
container after it is full and shake well. It give the nectar a unique taste
that my hummingbirds love..
As far as the food coloring it really is up to you some say it will
harm the hummingbirds beaks, others say they don't really need the color to
attract them to the sugar nectar. Then others say the food color is
not good for their health. So I will leave this one up you yur hummingbirds.
But I will give you what I have done over the years. At first I always used the Red food
coloring in my special homemade nectar. Then I read all the things above; so I
tried it without the food coloring for a couple of months ..
Well lets just say I am back to  using the red food dye that you use in food
that we eat ourselves. During that period my Rosy kinda left for a time.
Now he's back. so there you go.
Well I hope that You like my saturday Garden post
Tips From the Garden Have a lovely Saturday 
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