Cincinnati, Ohio

R. Brett Gilmore

R. Brett Gilmore

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Cincinnati, Ohio

9887 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Phone: (513) 891-2199
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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My staff is passionate about feeding birds and creating backyard bird and wildlife habitat, let us share our enthusiasm with you!

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Hummingbirds

It's a Sweet Month to Feed the Birds

Spring migration is underway, and a countless number of birds are heading north to their nesting territories.

Fortunately, two of the hobby's favorite birds, hummingbirds and orioles, can be immediately attracted to feeders with nectar (and fruit and jelly for orioles), making it a sweet month to feed the birds.

Only 5% of all avian families include nectar as an important part of their diet, making hummingbirds and orioles part of a very exclusive dining club.

It only takes between 30 to 50 minutes for nectar to be digested, so hummingbirds must eat a lot and often. In fact, hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and can drink up to twice their body weight in nectar every day.

However, no bird's diet is made up entirely of nectar. Nectar-eaters must also include other foods, usually insects, to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.

When orioles are not feeding on nectar or fruit, they forage for spiders, caterpillars and other insects. Hummingbirds spend more than 25% of their time foraging for arthropods, such as spiders.

You can attract hummingbirds and orioles to your feeders using slightly varying methods. Hummingbirds enjoy a nectar solution of four parts water to one part sugar. Orioles enjoy nectar, fresh orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms.

Watch Northern Migrations Online

Visit www.learner.org/jnorth/humm to monitor the northward migration of hummingbirds and www.learner.org/jnorth/oriole for an oriole migration map.

Fun Facts About Hummingbirds

  • There are 18 hummingbird species in North America. Hummingbirds are found no where else in the world except the New World (North, Central, and South America.).
  • There are over 325 species of hummingbirds, making them the second largest bird family in the world, second only to flycatchers.
  • Hummingbirds weigh 1/10th of an ounce; about the weight of a penny.
  • Hummingbirds’ brains are about the size of a BB.
  • Hummingbirds’ hearts are larger proportionally to their body than any other bird or mammal.
  • Hummingbirds have such underdeveloped legs that they are unable to walk well.
  • A mother hummingbird weighs only about eight times more than her egg.
  • Hummingbirds lay the world’s smallest bird egg.
  • Hummingbirds generally lay two eggs, each about the size of a blueberry.
  • Hummingbirds learn to associate flower colors, like red, with food. They do not have an innate preference for red.
  • They drink nectar from plants and sugar water from feeders.
  • Hummingbirds lap up nectar with their long tongues. There is a groove on either side of the tongue that creates a capillary action to help draw the nectar up the tongue and into the mouth during the lapping action.
  • While lapping up nectar, Hummingbirds can move their tongues in and out of their bill at a rate of up to 12 times a second.

How Cool is That! - Hummingbirds

 

 

Orioles - The Sweet Life

One of North America’s most popular fruit-eating birds is the oriole and we can help you attract them to your yard if they are in your area.

Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. Nectar feeders can also be used. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too