Tuesday, 14 May 2013

They're Baaaaaack!

It's official, the hummingbirds have returned to Nova Birds Cam!

First Ruby Throated Hummingbird of the season!
Yesterday evening when I returned home from work, this little girl was waiting for me :) It's so nice to see them around again!

I won't be switching the cam over quite yet. I will wait until more of her friends show up, to ensure there is lots of action!

Even once the hummingbird cam starts viewing, I may still show the other bird cam every few days, since there are more and more pairs stopping by the feeder- we don't want to miss out when they start bringing their babies to feed!

It's going to be an exciting summer at Nova Birds Cam! Stay tuned!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Still no hummers..

Despite a few sightings in NS, there has yet to be a hummingbird visit the NovaBirds feeders. Here's to hoping they arrive soon! I will be putting up some flower baskets over the weekend to better attract them as soon as they arrive.

Speaking of attracting hummingbirds, I thought I'd take this time to share some hummingbird feeding tips:

  • When providing hummingbirds with nectar, do not use products containing red dyes. They can be harmful and are unnecessary.
  • An easy homemade nectar recipe: Boil 1 cup of water. As soon as it boils, turn off the water and add 1cup of sugar. Allow to cool and then fill your feeders! I usually make a large batch and keep the rest in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Place more than one feeder on your property. Having only one feeder can cause a lot of bickering, since hummingbirds are very territorial!
  • Surround your home with lots of attractive flowers. My hummingbirds especially like honeysuckle, butterfly bush, and petunias!
  • Create a water feature. Many hummingbirds love fountains and shallow bird baths!