Hummingbirds in Oregon
Tips on Feeding Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds do not hibernate and need food sources all year long especially during the cold Oregon winters. Consider placing a hummingbird feeder out for your local hummingbirds in addition to planting the hummingbird's favorite plants in your garden.
With wings flapping on average of 53 times per second, hummingbirds have to expend a lot of energy to find -and to eat- food. Consider finding a hummingbird feeder with perches so the hummer can rest while he eats. I have several feeders in my garden and noticed that they took an immediate preference to the feeder with perches.
You can make your own food or buy prepackaged hummingbird food at local stores. Never use honey, jello, molasses, brown sugar or fruit as a food source as it can kill Hummingbirds and do not use red food coloring to attract hummingbirds. It is a fact they are attracted to the color red but you only need to find a feeder with red color on the exterior. There is evidence that suggests food coloring agents can cause tumors in birds and while not not scientifically proven, we do know that adding the red coloring to the solution is not necessary to attract the birds, so why risk it?
Make your own Hummingbird nectar. Its quick and easy. Here's how: Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts tap water. Mix well. You do not have to boil the water. Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Keep the feeder safe and healthy by cleaning it twice a week and providing fresh food. Flush with hot water when replacing fluid (do not use soap) and clean with bleach or vinegar once a month, scrubbing and rinsing very well as you go.
Other considerations to make your Portland hummingbirds happy:
Plant a Portland Hummingbird Garden and feed your sweet pollinators year round
Hummingbirds seek out nectar rich flowering plants with bright red and/or orange
tubular-shaped blossoms. Thoughtful planting of shrubs and trees that will bloom
from spring to fall will give your Hummingbirds a continued and much needed food
source across the seasons.
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