Thank you to Lillian and Don Stokes, of Stokes Select, for sharing their knowledge.
Hummingbirds and Orioles mostly leave North America and go to Mexico and Central and South America in winter. Come spring, they are the stars of the migration and backyard bird watchers eagerly await their return.
Baltimore (in the East) and Bullock’s (in the West) Orioles are the most common backyard orioles. Orioles arrive from migration around mid-March to mid-April in the South and mid-April to mid-May in the northern half of the country.
The main Hummingbird found in the East is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The West has more species of Hummingbirds, such as the Black-chinned, Rufous, Allen’s and Anna’s Hummingbirds. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrive in late February to mid-March in southern areas, late-March to early April in the middle of the U.S., and mid-April to mid-May in the North. In the West, Allen’s Hummingbird may arrive on its breeding grounds as early as January. A few species, such as Anna’s Hummingbird (of the West) and Buff-bellied Hummingbird (of South Texas), can be found all year.
To attract Hummingbirds and Orioles make sure feeders are up when they arrive from migration. Use Stokes Select® Hummingbird and Oriole feeders filled with Stokes Select® Hummingbird and Oriole Nectars. Orioles will also be attracted to the Stokes Select® Snacks’N’Treats feeders filled with orange halves, mealworms, and grape jelly.
Orioles are most likely to be attracted to feeders when they first arrive, hungry from migration and there is not as much wild food available. Once breeding begins, many Orioles switch to an all insect diet and they feed their nestlings insects. However, some Orioles continue to come to feeders for oranges and jelly throughout their breeding season. Orioles nest in trees in suburban areas, parks, forest edges, and along rivers.
Place Stokes Select® Hummingbird feeders in a sheltered area near flowers that are attractive to hummingbirds, such as red tubular flowers. Feeders can be hung or mounted on a hook such as the Stokes Select® 42” Hummingbird Hook.
Hummingbirds are very entertaining and can be competitive around feeders. To reduce Hummingbird competition and allow more Hummingbirds to feed, put up several hummingbird feeders, widely spaced, preferably out of view of one another.
To encourage Hummingbirds to stay in your area create good hummingbird habitat with a variety of trees, areas of sun and shade and lots of flower that hummingbirds favor.