Monthly Archives: June 2009

Prevent Insects from Invading Your Hummingbird Feeders

Insects love the sweet nectar in a hummingbird feeder and will find a way to get to the nectar in the feeder. The two most common insects to plague hummingbird feeders are bees and ants. To prevent these insects from invading your hummingbird feeders it is important to follow these simple steps:

1. When filling your hummingbird feeder, make sure to wipe away and clean any nectar that spills on the outside of the feeder.

2. To help prevent bees, wasps and other types of flying insects, use a feeder with bee guards or nectar guards, such as the HummZinger Fancy Hummingbird Feeder. When using this type of hummingbird feeder, bees and wasps are deterred from getting to the nectar.

3. Another trick is set up a fine spray of water around the feeder to help keep flying away. Hummingbirds love to bath in the fine spray of water.

4. An ant guard is also helpful for keeping ants away from the hummingbir feeder. You may also want to choose a feeder with an ant moat and coat the hanger with petroleum jelly.

5. Never use insect spray around your feeders. Using a pesticide can be very harmful to hummingbirds.

These simple tricks are sure to help keep insects away from your hummingbird feeder and allow you more time to enjoy the hummingbirds! Check out these items and more at Rachel’s Robin.

Back to Basics: How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

If you are new to attracting birds to your yard, the most important thing you need to do is to create a bird friendly habitat in your yard. Birds require shelter, food, and water. Adding these essentials to your yard to fulfill basic bird needs can help attract a lot of birds to your yard.

Shelter. This very basic need can simply be filled by a variety of ways. The simplest way to add shelter is to add a man-made bird house. The majority of birds love to inhabit man-made bird houses. Bird houses are very attractive to birds because they offer great protection from the elements and predators. Try using a simple home such as the Recycled Plastic Lumber Hanging Birdhouse to attract birds to your yard. In addition to man-made bird houses, birds also like to make homes in Evergreen trees. Planting Evergreens in your yard is great for birds who winter in cold climates and a variety of birds in the summer time.

Food. By just adding one feeder to your yard, you will greatly increase the amount of birds visiting your yard. There several varieties of feeders to choose from that appeal to a wide range of birds. If you are just starting out, pick a feeder and seed that appeals to a wide variety of birds and you will be able to observe a variety of birds. A great seed that appeals to a variety of birds is Lyric Wild Bird Mix Wild Bird Seed. Another way to provide birds with food is to plant vegetation that appeals to birds. Planting annuals and perennials, which are attractive to birds and thrive in your geographic location, can provide another source of nutrition to birds.

Water. Having a fresh source of water is essential for attracting birds. This can be accomplished several ways, but the easiest way to add a man-made bird bath. A variety of natural and man-made objects can be used to accomplish this. A terracotta, ceramic, resin, or concrete birdbath can be placed anywhere in your bird habitat. A simple terracotta bird bath, such as the Audubon Deck-Mounted Bird Bath, can be attached to a deck or placed on a table or stump. Make sure to keep birdbath filled. Other simple solutions include: a natural stump with a hollowed center, a rock filled hole in the ground, or a small water feature. Be creative and add a variety of birdbaths to the habitat for the birds to enjoy.

C and S Suet Plugs Feeder & Plugs

Attract a great variety of birds to your yard using the C and S Suet Plug Feeder and Suet plugs.

This attractive wooden feeder offers an easy and no-mess way to feed your feathered friends. Four plugs of suet feed may be placed inside of the predrilled holes.

Use different flavors of suet plugs (see below) to attract a wider variety of birds, or use a single type of suet to attract specific birds.

Cleaning is simple; there are only four plug holes to maintain!

To refill the feeder, simply insert more suet plugs.

This feeder may be suspended with the included eyelet. Give your backyard birds a convenient feeding station with minimal maintenance using the Suet Plug Feeder

Birds that use this Suet Plug feeder:
bluebirds, chickadees, flickers, grackles, jays, kinglets, mockingbirds, nuthatches, starlings, tanagers, titmice, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers, and wrens

Type of suet plugs that you can purchase:

For more DIY-bird enthusiasts, you can create your own suet plugs by cutting a suet block yourself and placing the pieces in the suet plug feeder .. or for us “laid-back birders” you can buy pre-cut suet plugs made specifically for suet plug feeders.

How to Prevent a Bird From Flying into a Window

Reflective glass on your home can be very deceptive to birds and is a leading cause of bird injuries around the home. If you have big windows or glass doors, it is likely that a bird will fly into the glass when there is a reflection of the outdoors. When birds hit the glass, they often suffer head injuries if they are not killed.

To prevent birds from flying into your window, it is a good idea to place something on the window or hang something in front of the window. Decals are ideal for preventing birds from flying into your window and are very easy to place on your window. The Warning Web for Birds by Droll Yankees is proven to deter birds from flying into the window. Once birds see the web, they are deterred from flying into it.
Another great trick is to hang up colored streamers on the outside of the window to help deter the birds from flying into it. The birds will be able to see the streamers from a distance and fly in another direction to avoid the window.
If a bird does hit your window and lives, the bird will probably be dazed and fly away. If the bird is too dazed to fly away, then place a kitchen colander or other breathable object over the bird until it is able to chirp and fly again. This will help protect the bird from predators. Try not to touch or handle the bird if possible. Release the bird once it is acting ok.