The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird found east
of the Mississippi. You can expect them to return to the upper
Midwest from late April to the first week of May. I have noted in
the past that I normally start seeing them in my area of
Southeastern Wisconsin around Mother's Day. To be sure you will
attract hummingbirds, it is important to put out the feeder early
enough and to keep it clean. Hummingbirds establish regular feeder
routes early in the season, so make sure they add yours to their
We have several different nectar mixes available, but home made
nectar can be prepared by mixing 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.
Prepare by boiling the solution and storing it in your refrigerator.
Do not use honey in feeders, it spoils quickly and can cause harm or
death to hummers.
It is important to keep the feeders cleaned and filled with fresh
nectar every 5 to 7 days, or more frequently in hot weather. Keep
your feeder up until all birds have migrated. Most birds leave this
area in early September, but sometimes stragglers pass through for
several more weeks. They will appreciate the extra energy they get
from your feeder.
here to view our selection of hummingbird feeders.