Spring has finally arrived with the return of the Ruby-throated hummingbird – the only species of hummingbird in our region. It is the only bird that can actually fly backwards and upside down, thanks to the 53 beats per second of their wings!
They make the journey, sometimes non-stop, from the Gulf of Mexico and Central America to Ontario every Spring. Older males are able to travel farther non-stop than females or younger birds, with the average range of 2,200 kms. If the weather conditions are favorable, they can easily make the flight across the Gulf of Mexico.
Attracting these amazing birds to your yard can be a bit tricky at the beginning, but once they come, they will also bring all their friends! The correct choice of garden flowers will send out an enticing invitation. Tubular flowers such as the trumpet vine are at the top of the list, not only for their vibrant red colour, but for their sweet nectar.
You can also attract the hummers with a hummingbird feeder, which should be placed close to your flower garden. A super clean hummingbird feeder is a must, so glass is preferable. It is vital that every time you refill, you clean all parts of your feeder.
Making your own nectar is pretty easy; one part sugar, four parts water in the Summer and 1:3 in the Spring and Fall