4 Plants that Make Hummingbirds Buzz!
While mixing up your own nectar is a fantastic way to attract Hummingbirds, there are many plants that will do wonders to bring these beautiful birds right to your backyard! Many plants have nectar inside, especially in tubular plants which give the Hummingbirds another great source of food during the summer season. Let’s take a look at 4 plants that make Hummingbirds buzz! We'll also recap some fun bird watching adventures from this week!
The Crocosmia plant, also known as a Lucifer plant, is a tubular plant with a beautiful, vibrant red color. These do not bloom very long, only lasting a few weeks, but the Hummers love investigating these plants for a good snack! These plants also have yellow blooms which come up a little bit later, but these will be great for the Hummers as they prepare for migration.
The Cuphea “Vermillionaire” is another tubular plant that is perfect for Hummingbirds. These bloom for a much longer period of time making this a perfect option for greater Hummingbird enjoyment.
Bee Balms are a perennial plant and is another favorite for the Hummingbirds. Typically, you will find the Bee Balms with pink, red, or white blooms.
Our final plant that we will look at today is the Cardinal Flower. Hummingbirds love this tubular plant for nectar! One way to ensure Hummer happiness is to make sure you give the plants plenty of room so they have enough room to hover and go from tube to tube!
It’s been a great week to watch the birds! The Lake Erie and Lake Ontario convergence zones have provided for some interesting weather across the northern part of Western New York this week along with some neat cloud formations! After some heavy rains, the birds were going crazy! Let’s take a look at some captures.
I posted this on our Facebook page a few days ago, but it was a real treat to see Juvenile Cedar Waxwings. They were just adorable to listen to as they made their soft little chirps up in the tree waiting to be fed their next meal. Just be careful if you stand underneath them, they've been known to drop berries. Trust me, I have firsthand experience!!
Have you noticed a lot of bugs recently? It seems like with the high humidity, they have been out in force. That’s great news for Cedar Waxwing lovers! They have been having a blast flying out of the trees, grabbing insects, and returning back to the tree. Like I also mentioned on our Facebook page, don’t let their beauty and elegance fool you, they love to have a good time!
The Downy Woodpeckers were also putting on a show. Four of them were in the area at the same time which is very rare for our feeders. Here is a video of one jabbing at the sunflower feeder!
That’s it for now, there are new Chirps of Joy releases being added to the shop page. We just came out with the Black-capped Chickadee and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. There will be an all new Goldfinch set along with a new Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a Juvenile Female Grosbeak as well! Happy birding!