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Birds Of Broad Ripple - by Brandt Carter and Jeffrey L. Stone
posted: Jun. 06, 2024

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Beloved of All Birds: The Tiny Hummingbird
It's that time of year to put out hummingbird feeders. If you have never attracted them before, it's not too late. Offer the birds a feeder especially designed for them. Fill it with homemade nectar (one part white sugar to 4 parts water; boil so won't spoil; refrigerate to keep fresh) and keep the nectar fresh in the feeder changing is often during hot weather. Remember NO RED FOOD COLORING which is harmful in the nectar.

Birds Of Broad Ripple - by Brandt Carter and Jeffrey L. Stone
image courtesy of Jeffrey L. Stone


Hummingbirds do not have a keen sense of smell and rely on bright colors to find their food. Other ways to entice this smallest of all birds is to plant flowers that attract them either in flower beds or pots. Plant annual flowers that are orange or red. Suggestions for attractive perennials are bee balm, butterfly bush, columbine, coral bells, larkspur, red hot poker, and phlox. I have even tied red ribbons on the feeder pole to add even more excitement for the hummingbirds to find the feeder.
All kinds of interesting facts about hummingbirds that do not sing can be found online. Check out sites such as Indiana Audubon, American Birding Association, and Cornell Lab. What I encourage you to do is try attracting them for they will give you hours of entertainment and joy. You can put out feeders anytime during their season in Broad Ripple- May through early October.

Birds Of Broad Ripple - by Brandt Carter and Jeffrey L. Stone
image courtesy of Jeffrey L. Stone


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Brandt Carter, artist, herbalist, and naturalist, owns Backyard Birds at 2374 E. 54th Street. Visit her web site www.feedbackyardbirds.com. Email your bird questions to Brandt@BroadRippleGazette.com




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