They’re back! Our Ruby-throated hummingbirds are returning as I type. I personally have had one since April 3rd…pretty much on time for us. Feeders were up, fresh and waiting for them.
For those who are yet to hang feeders…it’s time. Time to rinse them out, make that nectar; 4 parts water to 1 part white cane sugar – NO RED DYE and get them hung. Monitor them, keep then clean and fresh ALL SEASON.
It’s also a good time to work on planning what flowers you’ll be planting and getting those flower beds ready to go. The weather has been so crazy this year that I’m truly waiting until AFTER 15 April to plant anything new. Hopefully by then Mother Nature will have made up her mind and spring will truly stick around.
Remember when planning those gardens think “3”. Flowers that will bloom now, flowers that will bloom in the middle of summer and flowers that will last until 1st frost. It’s a pollinator’s dream…and you can help make it come true. Limit or better yet totally do away with pesticides…hummingbirds need protein in the form of soft-bodied insects especially during nesting and baby raising time.
Most of all enjoy your hummingbirds!!