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Create a Welcoming Habitat for the Hummingbirds Migrating to Cape Cod, and Enjoy All Summer Long!

Preparing for hummingbirds migrating to Cape Cod and create a welcoming environment for these tiny birds.

Here's how you can prepare:

  1. Plant Native Flowers: Hummingbirds are attracted to bright, tubular flowers with high nectar content. Plant native flowers such as bee balm, trumpet vine, cardinal flower, and columbine. These will provide a natural food source for the hummingbirds.

  2. Hang Hummingbird Feeders: Supplement natural nectar sources with hummingbird feeders. Use a mixture of four parts water to one part white granulated sugar. Avoid using any other type of sugar or honey, as it can promote bacterial growth. Hang the feeders in a shaded area to prevent the sugar solution from fermenting too quickly. (I have a feeder that I attach to my window, and see these sweet birds up close)

  3. Provide Perches: Hummingbirds need places to rest between feeding flights. Place small branches or perches near your feeders and flowers to give them a place to rest and observe their surroundings.

  4. Keep Feeders Clean: Regularly clean your hummingbird feeders to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Rinse them with hot water and scrub with a bottle brush every few days, especially in warmer weather.

  5. Offer Shelter: Hummingbirds need shelter from predators and inclement weather. Plant shrubs and trees near your feeding areas to provide natural shelter, or consider installing artificial shelters such as small arbors or awnings.

  6. Avoid Pesticides: Hummingbirds are sensitive to pesticides and other chemicals. Avoid using chemical pesticides in your yard, as they can harm both the birds and their food sources.

  7. Provide Water: Hummingbirds need water for drinking and bathing. Consider setting up a small fountain or shallow bird bath for them to enjoy.

Create a welcoming habitat and enjoy the sight of these beautiful creatures in your own backyard all summer long.

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