Feeding hummingbirds is a great joy for many birders throughout the spring and summer, but do you have the best feeder to welcome these flying jewels to your yard? Choosing the perfect hummingbird feeder requires careful consideration of the birds’ needs and how best to offer a safe, reliable feeding... Read More
It can be overwhelming to choose a new bird feeder. What style is best? How big should it be? How many feeding ports are needed? What capacity is ideal? Carefully considering your backyard birds and how you want to create a feeding station can help you choose the right type... Read More
A bully hummingbird can easily take over several feeders if they’re placed close together. Moving feeders to different areas of the yard will create several hubs for feeding activity that one bird can't patrol as easily. For the best results, place feeders on different sides of your yard or around corners where one bird can’t see both at the same time.
It’s thattime of yearagain! From early spring through late summer, backyard birders will be treated to the magical little zips, chirps and whirls of hummingbirds – that is, if they provide the goods! About 90% of hummingbird nutrition comes fromnectar. A well-designedhummingbird nectar feederoptimizes the ability for these freaky-fast fliers to get the nutrition they need for the long journey ahead.
Different species use different diameter nesting cavities, so make sure to have the correct size if you desire a specific bee species. In general, spring mason bees prefer ≈ 8mm diameter cavities, while summer leafcutter bees prefer ≈ 6mm diameter cavities. Alternatively, place various sizes in your bee house to see what native cavity-nesting species live in your area!
Though there are many birds that eat suet, these can be shy species and can be a challenge to attract to the suet feeders. By first positioning suet feeders correctly within easy reach of a safe retreat for nervous birds, and away from the noisiest parts of the yard birds are more likely to feel comfortable at suet feeders.
It can take time to attract goldfinches, and it is important to be patient and give these colorful birds the opportunity to notice just how goldfinch-friendly a yard can be. It is easier to entice them in winter when natural food sources may be scarce, but their plumage is not so bright at that time of year and it can be easy to miss their quick visits.
Mason bees are cavity-nesting solitary bees, meaning they build their nests inside pre-made nesting cavities. They spend most of their lifetime inside these cavities and emerge from their cocoons as fully mature bees. You can help keep solitary bee populations healthy by providing adequate pollen and nectar sources and using nesting materials that are easy to open and clean, like wood trays or natural reeds.