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So Much to Know About Hummingbirds!

Spring is a much anticipated time for our smallest backyard-winged visitors. Hummingbirds may be the most anticipated bird to visit our yards. And why not? These littlest jewels of the backyard have some of the biggest personalities.

Hummingbirds are indeed small, weighing 1/10th of an ounce; about the weight of a penny. They also lay the world’s smallest bird egg; about the size of a blueberry.

For such a little bird, hummingbirds can be very feisty and aggressive when defending their territories; which includes nectar feeders. Multiple feeders, spread throughout your yard, will encourage more hummingbirds to visit and keep bullies at bay. The more feeders you offer and the more spread out they are, the more difficult it is for a protective hummingbird to defend all the feeders. Others, like females or even juveniles, will be able to eat more often, perhaps staying longer to feed or rest at feeders.

Speaking of feeders, these little birds have big appetites. Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and their diet is not made up entirely of nectar. They spend more than 25% of their time foraging for small spiders and insects to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.

Hummingbirds use their bill and not their tongue to catch prey while they forage near the ground and in trees. They love spiders and spider eggs and keep an eye out for small flying insects like midges, fruit flies and gnats. They also check leaves and branches for leaf hoppers, aphids and even the occasional small caterpillar.

Our little hummingbirds are deceptively big on speed. They often seem to explode away from a feeder like a dragster. They typically fly at 30-45 miles per hour (48-72 kph), but can fly up to 60 mph (96 kph). They can even hover and are the only birds able to regularly fly backwards and even occasionally upside down. They can do this because of an extremely mobile shoulder joint.

Be a seasonally savvy bird feeder by installing multiple hummingbird nectar feeders around your yard to draw in these little birds with the big personalities. Visit our store and we'll help you pick out everything you need to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.

Hummingbird and Baltimore Oriole Migration

Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles are here! Get your feeders out!

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  Upcoming Events!

 

Magical Monarchs

Reservations required - 586-229-2798

Wednesday May 17 at 6:30pm

Join us for an evening in-store event to learn how you can help Monarch butterflies. For a $10 donation to the April Millsap Memorial Garden, you'll receive a butterfly habitat, mini microscope and egg hatchery. Supplies are limited! We'll discuss how to raise and release Monarchs and how to create a Monarch habitat in your yard. $10 donation must be cash or check made out to April Millsap Memorial Garden.

 

3rd Annual Milkweed Giveaway!

Free Butterfly Milkweed plant with your $50 purchase starting Saturday May 20 (while supplies last)!

Monarch butterflies are being threatened by habitat destruction. Every year new roads, housing developments, herbicide use, and agriculture expansion destroy the milkweed plants monarchs depend on to survive.

Help Monarch butterflies by planting native milkweed in your garden! We will help! Starting May 20th, make a purchase of $50 or more and get a milkweed plant FREE. These plants (Asclepias tuberosa) are grown from seed from the April Millsap Memorial Garden and raised in our greenhouse. This year, we’re also using this as a fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to April’s Garden.

Asclepias tuberosa is native to Michigan. Since it grows in a single clump from a woody rootstock, it’s NOT invasive (other milkweeds are very invasive). It’s a great plant to add to your garden.

Fun Facts for Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

  • Perennial (lives more than one year)

  • Height 2-3 feet

  • Needs full sun (6-8 hours of sun a day)

  • Blooms July-Aug (first year plants may not bloom)

  • Unlike other species of milkweed, it’s NOT invasive

  • Important food source for monarch butterflies

  • Drought tolerant

  • Deer resistant

  • Reseeding can easily be prevented by removing the 3” pods before they open

  • Another common name for this species is Pleurisy Root

  • Hummingbirds like it too!

 Help Monarchs survive and have a piece of April's Garden in your garden!