Guelph, Ontario

How to Attract: Ruby-throated HummingbirdsRuby-throated Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are found in most habitats across North America, including backyards with lots of flowers. Offering nectar feeders (using a 4:1 water:sugar ratio) and nectar -producing plants (see link below)will help you maximize the number of hummingbirds that visit your yard. Their metabolism is so fast that they can burn 1 to 3 times their body weight in food everyday! By having a hummingbird feeder, you can provide the much-needed energy that hummingbirds require, especially during migration (May and September).

Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not feed by sucking up nectar with their bills; instead, they actually lap it up with their tongues. They feed by dipping their forked, open-grooved tongues into nectar at up to 12
times a second! These grooves create a capillary action which draws the nectar up the tongue and into the mouth with every lapping action. In order to reach nectar at the base of long flower tubes, hummingbirds can extend their tongues past their bill about a distance equal to the length of the bill.

Download our brochure on Attracting Hummingbirds with Nectar.

The Ontario Hummingbird Project

Participate in the Ontario Hummingbird Project, which tracks the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the spring as well as records numbers seen at feeders throughout the season. The OHP also bands hummingbirds to better understand their migration routes and define the northern limits of their breeding range. Visit their website to learn more about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and find out which native plants attract hummingbirds to your yard!

  

Feeders for Hummingbirds: 

WBU Decorative Window Feeder  

Our Decorative Window Feeder brings the birds in for a closer view! Watch their tongues lap up the food through the transparent base. It is the only window hummingbird feeder that contains an ant moat, which has the option of becoming detached. Also has a lifetime guarantee.

WBU Decorative Window Feeder

 Hi-Perch Hummingbird Feeder

Our High Perch™ Hummingbird Feeder allows hummingbirds to comfortably rest, providing you with better, longer views of the birds. Comes with a built-in ant moat and ports that keep rain water from diluting the nectar solution. It’s easy to fill, clean (top shelf dishwasher safe) and hang. Backed with a lifetime guarantee, and available in a variety of sizes.

 

 WBU Hi-Perch Hummingbird Feeder
   

Accessories & Options:

WBU Nectar:
Offer your hummingbirds (and orioles) our nectar solution and watch them lap it up. Our nectar provides the high calories these birds need! It contains no dyes or additives,and it's easy to mix.

Nectar Port Brush:
Use a nectar port brush to keep your feeder clean and presentable for hummingbirds. It is important to clean your feeder every time you refill it (about every 2 - 4 days).

Trap-It Ant Moat

Ant Moat:
Hang this Ant Moat between your existing hummingbird feeder and the hook it is suspended from. Keep crawling insects from clogging up the nectar ports so your hummingbirds can feed in peace!

 Hummer Helper nesting material

Hummer Helper:
You can encourage to nest in your area by providing nesting material with which to line their nest. This soft, cotton material comes with a mesh hanger so you can offer it near your nectar feeder.

Hummbrella Dome

Hummbrella Dome:

Solar grey tint slows evaporation of nectar in the feeder. Rub oil or vaseline on the inner disc above the hook to prevent crawling insects from getting access to nectar. (Feeder sold separately.)