Attracting Hummingbirds & Orioles

 

Connecticut is home to a variety of birds.  Ruby-throated hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles are two of the more beautiful birds we are lucky to see in our gardens, and attracting them to your feeders is easier than you think!

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are currently making their way up north to Connecticut (use this link to stay updated on hummingbird sightings).  So how can you attract these beautiful birds to your own backyard?  Hummingbird feeders!  Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so most hummingbird feeders are red.  You can make your own hummingbird nectar to fill your feeders.

Directions for hummingbird nectar:

  • You will need 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar.
  • Boil 1 cup of water, and stir in sugar until dissolved.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of water.
  • No need to dye the hummingbird nectar.  The red on the feeders will attract them!

 

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles usually reach Connecticut sometime in May (track their migration here).  May is also nest-building season.  This is the perfect time to start attracting orioles to your feeders!  Orioles love grape jelly and oranges.  They will also drink nectar, which is simple to make!

Directions for oriole nectar:
Note: Hummingbird and oriole nectar use the same ingredients, but different proportions of sugar and water.

  • You will need 6 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar.
  • Boil 1 cup of water, and dissolve the sugar.  Add the remaining 5 cups of water.

In addition to the nectar, place oranges and jelly in feeders in your yard.

According to Backyardchirper.com,orioles are highly sensitive to insecticides.  Not only can the chemicals kill birds through direct contact, they kill insects that make up part of an oriole’s diet.  Orioles enjoy eating caterpillars and other plant pests, so attracting them to your yard may reduce the need to spray insecticide in the first place.

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