June 30, 2008
READY WHEN YOU ARE RUBY
Illinois is home to only one species of hummingbirds -the rubythroated. They usually arrive in Chicago May 1 and stay until the Fall. I have observed several hummers drinking from my lilacs , magnolia and rhododendron in early Spring.
I've also planted annuals such as bright red petunias and perennials such as liatris, phlox , mondarda and cardinal flowers to draw their attention.
A few days ago I found this hummingbird feeder in my attempt to lure more of them through-out the summer. I think I'll tie some red and yellow ribbons on it as well to signal that I've added an extra feeding station.