Keep Nectar from Freezing

October 28, 2014

What do you do when you are faced with freezing temperatures and hummingbirds at the same time? Here in the Snow Belt, fall migration can begin as early as August and continue through October and sometimes even later.  In other parts of the US, hummingbirds stay year-round, but the nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing. […]

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Get ready for winter!

October 21, 2014

The falling leaves remind us northerners that it’s time to start getting ready for winter bird feeding! Here’s a little checklist to help you prepare for a magical fall and winter of backyard bird watching. Make sure all your feeders are clean and in good repair. The ideal location for the feeders is someplace where […]

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Window Strikes: A Clear and Present Danger

Birds are amazing creatures. They can navigate thousand mile migrations, build intricate nests, and fill our treetops with heart lifting song. There’s one problem, though—birds just don’t understand windows. Glass is simply invisible to birds, and they don’t understand reflections. Collisions with windows on our houses and office buildings claim the lives of hundreds of millions […]

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Attract Bats

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Bats eat the same insects that would otherwise interrupt your backyard birding pleasure. Therefore, they are the best friend of the backyard birder. Not only do they eat their body weight in insects, approximately 600 or more insects every hour, but they also help pollinate, and produce guano, an excellent fertilizer. A bat house is […]

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First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story (Video)

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First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story is a gorgeous glimpse into one bird’s world as she raises her young. And yes, those are clothespins in the first frame–bigger than the nest, that’s right! The footage is stunning and makes a great gift for any hummingbird enthusiast. Psst, here’s a sneak peek: Similar to the one in the […]

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Attract Butterflies to Your Backyard

When you think of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” you don’t often think of butterflies. But butterflies flock to rotting fruit the way we insist on drinking water. Our trash becomes their nutrition. Honestly, you can use the turned-black bananas that you won’t even use in banana bread—in a mud puddle, […]

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

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Whether you’re attracting hummingbirds for the first time or just need a refresher, here’s a quick guide on how to attract hummers to your yard. When you’re attracting a new bird species to your yard, please know it takes time for them to recognize a new backyard hot spot before they start frequenting it. Due […]

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Steps to a Clean and Healthy Hummingbird Feeder

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“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take feeder maintenance seriously, [as any mold or bacteria can be] risking the health, and possibly the lives, of these jeweled wonders…” –Donald and Lillian Stokes When the nectar starts to turn cloudy or when white strings or black dots appear, that’s mold. And it’s gross. The birds […]

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How to Keep Bees, Ants, and Wasps Out of Your Hummingbird Feeders!

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Every summer Duncraft Customer Service answers this question the most: “How do I keep bees and wasps (and ants) out of my hummingbird feeders?” Actually, there are lots of tips that may help you solve this problem. Keeping ants out of your hummer feeders is fairly easy. All it takes is a way to prevent […]

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Do Ravens Like Cookies?

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The raven contemplates taking the cookies… In the meantime, Randy and Sandy in California decided to share their candid photos with us. Thank you! By the way, do you recognize the birdbath? As luck would have it, the timing and our neighbor’s generosity enticed “The Soaker” to the birdbath last evening with some very dry bread—determined enough not […]

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