Have you been offering orange halves, grape jelly, and colored nectar for orioles and hummingbirds? If so, you know the joy of having these fascinating colorful birds in your backyard or patio. If not, don’t miss another day. Here’s some quick tips from the experts on how you can start attracting these colorful birds today.
- Attract orioles with cut orange halves attached to a special orange colored feeder. If you get orioles to come your way for a sliced orange, you should really offer grape jelly or orange colored nectar to get the best reaction of migrating or resident orioles.
- Hummingbirds are fascinating to watch and will come amazingly close to you for a quick sip of nectar. Position your feeder outside a window or close to your deck so you can enjoy the view!
- Lots of Nectar! Hummingbirds flap their wings 60 times per second and that takes a LOT of energy. They need this sugar solution to fuel their high energy lifestyle
- Ants have a way of discovering nectar feeders too, unfortunately. Special ant traps are available to hang just above your feeder to prevent them from getting into the nectar
- Hummingbirds are also attracted to many colorful flowers that can be planted in baskets, containers or in the ground around your home. Some of their favorite are Salvia, Columbine, Fuschia, Petunia, Zinnia, Coral bells, Lupine, Beebalm, Honeysuckle and Trumpet vine.
- When choosing plants to attract hummingbirds, be sure to use a variety of plants with staggered bloom times throughout the season so they will visit you all summer. Annual flowers like Petunias and Zinnias will bloom for a long time once they get started but it’s always a good idea to have some perennials like Coral bells and Salvia in your landscape as well. The more spots of color you have the better.