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Why do hummingbirds hum?

May 1st(ish) typically heralds the springtime return of hummingbirds and orioles from their southern wintering grounds. They fly far and hard to get here and benefit from whatever energetic support they can get. If you don’t already have them or want more, we carry a nice selection of oriole and hummingbird feeders. Hummingbird feeder set-up … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 164 – Hummingbirds & Orioles (May 10th, 2019)

Some people refer to hummingbirds (“hummers” to birdwatchers) as “winged jewels,’ which is no surprise, given their small size, the males’ brilliant iridescent colours, and the way they flit about. There are 5 hummingbird species in Canada, but only one, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, in Ontario. Males have bright red throats, iridescent green backs, wings, and … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 139 – Tips and Tricks to attract hummingbirds (May 11th, 2018)

On this episode of The Garden Gate I offer a few tips about hummingbirds and some tricks to help you attract them! A hummingbird flaps its wings up to 70 times per second; its heart rate can reach 1,260 beats per minute. Hummingbirds can extend their long, skinny tongues twice as far as the bill, which helps them reach nectar deep inside … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 91 – Orioles and Hummingbirds (June 10, 2016)

CHEX TV airdate: June 10th, 2016 Click link to watch this episode online. Want to learn how to attract hummingbirds and orioles to your garden? Check out this episode of The Garden Gate! I share tips on types of feeders they like, plants and also food! Did you know orioles like grape jelly? Yes-it’s one … Read more

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