We are blessed in the Niagara region with a vast variety of summer birds, and one of Ontario’s favorite summer bird is the beautiful Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Attracting them to your yard is really quite easy. The first step to attracting them is understanding the habits of the hummingbird.
In spring, the Ruby-throated hummingbird makes its annual trip from Central America and Mexico to its breeding grounds in Ontario. Did you know that a hummingbird travels 25-30km a day during this period? Each year, thousands of hummingbirds make this trip to Ontario and start returning South in July. Usually the adult males leave first, followed by the females. Juvenile hummingbirds stay the longest, leaving around September.
What does this mean?
By understanding their migration patterns, you can provide food at essential times. It is ideal to put your feeder out about 2 weeks before hummingbirds are expected to arrive. If you have missed that date, put it out ASAP. This way, as hummingbirds begin to appear they will find your feeder as a valuable food source, and often will nest near your feeder. This will ensure that plenty of hummingbirds are enjoying your feeder all summer. We usually start to expect hummingbirds near the end of April; according to local hummingbird enthusiasts, they start coming around April 26th-May 2nd. This appears to be accurate, as we had a hummingbird flying around our greenhouse looking for flowers last year around April 27th.
What/how to feed hummingbirds
It is important to use a good nectar mix, for your hummingbird friends. Contrary to popular belief, sugar water is not sufficient because it does not provide enough nutrients. Juvenile hummingbirds and mothers need calcium and other nutrients for bone and egg development. At home sugar mixes do not provide this.
- Hummingbirds use a ‘trap-lining’ habit to feed. This means that they feed by sight on regularly followed routes and will investigate any new likely food sources. Offer a selection of plants to your hummingbirds to supplement the nectar you provide in your feeder, this way they will constantly bounce around your yard feeding
- Take down any feeders in September to make sure juveniles do not want to stick around longer than they should
Plants to Attract Hummingbirds
- Bee Balm
- Butterfly Bush
- Trumpet Vine
- Giant blue Hyssop
What We Offer
RICE ROAD HUMMINGBIRD HANGING BASKET
We have created a custom flower mix sold in a hanging basket designed to attract hummingbirds. With a blend of different flowering annuals, bright and colorful blooms are abundant on these baskets all summer, making it a great food source for hummingbirds.
5 years ago we started to stock a type of liquid hummingbird nectar, in a ready-to-use formula or concentrate. Within weeks of customers using this nectar we were hearing rave reviews. Our customers were amazed at how many hummingbirds were coming, and how fast they found their feeders. This nectar has vitamins A and D, with added calcium, making it a great food source. This blend boasts:
Without vitamin D, hummers can’t absorb calcium. Without calcium, females produce eggs with thin shells that can’t adequately protect the baby hummer. Female hummingbirds will nest in close proximity to calcium sources. Using Homestead nectar with calcium added will keep mom and her chicks nearby, assuring you non-stop back yard action! Don’t just attract hummers-help them maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
GREAT SELECTION OF HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS
We have an amazing selection of hummingbird feeders here at the greenhouse, for all price points. From practical plastic to decorative yet functional glass, we have something for every garden. We also offer nesting material created for hummingbirds to use.
Come down and create an oasis of your own for your hummingbird friends.