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Watching the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is one of the joys of summer. After the early excitement of seeing the first hummingbirds of the season, we may see a slow down in activity in June and July as females are tending their nest. Once the fledglings fledge, that's when the fun really begins! 

There's still time to add a feeder to your yard and plant a few hummingbird-friendly plants in the garden. Stop in to learn all about attracting hummingbirds -- you'll be glad you did! 😊

The scoop: 

Who? The Ruby-throated Hummingbird (RTH) is the only variety we see regularly in CT.

When? First reports start around April 14. Sightings can be sporadic as RTHs trickle in and females disappear to sit on their nest. Around mid-July, activity really picks up as females leave the nest and fledglings are active too. The FUN lasts through the end of September.

What? Nectar. Hummingbirds primarily drink nectar from plants and feeders and eat the occasional insect.

Nectar recipe:

4 parts water, 1 part plain white table sugar. Use hot (doesn't need to be boiling) water to dissolve the sugar and let cool. Fill feeders and keep the remainder in the fridge for quick and easy refreshing. Please refresh every 3-5 days and every 2-3 days when it gets warm outside.

📌 Important: Use ONLY refined white table sugar; NO organic/brown sugar or honey. And ❌ NO red dyes, please!


➡️ Adding native plants to your garden will really make your yard a bird HOT SPOT. Some of our favorites include: Butterfly Milkweed, Beebalm/Wild Bergamot, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Wild Columbine, Jewelweed, Cardinal Flower and Purple Coneflower.

 

 


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