Here in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the first day of summer for the 2018 season. As such, we wanted to touch on one species of birds that are synonymous with summer here in the Ottawa area; hummingbirds.
These small, high-speed birds are a favourite among birders of all walks of life and one we are treated to exclusively this time of year here in Eastern Ontario. With the temperatures on the rise through much of June, we have been treated to a great number of hummers in the area this year – some of the highest numbers we’ve seen over the past two or three years, in fact.
As with any feeder, maintenance is required to keep our backyard birds healthy and safe and with the sweet nectar involved with our hummers paired with the soaring temps, now is as important a time as ever to keep them in tip-top shape.