Friday, 26 April 2013

Migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds

This was one of my mom's birds.
After she passed, I was slow to put up a feeder.
They let me know by peering in the window!
I put out food for them immediately!
There is a great website, especially for teachers, Journey North.
Visit All Journey North Maps <= here. They show the reports from last year, as well, for those of us who keep track and like data!

For example: Spring 2012

These little guys were here by March last year.
hummingbirds are moving north!
Tracking the trek north of our critters is a special pay-it-forward treat from our neighbours to the south. I am grateful for the people who report to the website.

I have put up the feeder, having watched the progress of the hummingbirds this year.

They were early last year, with our early melt and early spring.

Now is the time to prepare your feeders. There are things to remember with feeders. Do not use soap, or anything else like this, to clean your feeder. Simply use vinegar and water, and shake it up in the feeder. If there is scum inside, put in some raw rice and shake it up.

    Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

  • 1 part sugar to 4 parts water (e.g., i cup sugar, 4 of water)
  • Boil the mixture for 5 minutes to kill bacteria


  • Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Thoroughly clean the feeder by rinsing with one part white vinegar to four parts water.
  • Do this weekly after the feeder is up and going, especially in hot weather.
  • Check to see if the nectar is cloudy, which could mean (deadly) bacteria.
  • If the feeder is visibly dirty, add a few grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution to help scrub it clean, as an abrasive.
  • Rinse out the vinegar wash by rinsing 3 times with clear, warm water before refilling with sugar solution.
  • Isn't she pretty?!
  • Do not add: food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.


Christine said...

Great info, happy feeding Jenn. Do you have a problem squirrels getting at the feeders?

eileeninmd said...

Great post! It is amazing how these little birds can migrate so far. I have been seeing the hummers in my yard this week. Have a happy weekend!

Kay said...

I just love seeing those beautiful miniature birds.