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Hummingbirds

10 Facts About Hummingbirds

  1. They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time.
  2. The name, hummingbird, comes from the humming noise their wings make as they beat so fast.
  3. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  4. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell. While they can’t sniff out feeders, they do have good color vision. Some birds like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prefer orange or red flowers. Despite this, red dye should not be used in nectar as it could harm the birds. Instead, plant naturally red or orange flowers or use feeders that have red coloring in their structure.
  5. The average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel.
  6. Their tiny legs are only used for perching and moving sideways while perched. They can’t walk or hop.
  7. Hummingbirds drink the nectar found in feeders by moving their tongue in and out about 13 times per second. They can consume up to double their body weight in a day.
  8. The average number of eggs laid by female hummingbirds is only two. These eggs have been found in nests smaller than a half dollar and compare in size to a jellybean or a coffee bean. Some species, like the Black-chinned Hummingbird make their nests with plant down, spider silk, and other natural resources that can expand as their babies grow after hatching.
  9. A flock of hummingbirds can be referred to as a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune.
  10. There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America. Common species in the U.S. include:
  • Rufous Hummingbird – these birds are found along the western half of the U.S. ranging from Alaska all the way south to Mexico depending on the season and their migration. Their orange color can be spotted in flowers and at backyard feeders, but only for a short time as this bird is usually on the move.
  • Anna’s Hummingbird – typically found along the western coast of the U.S. These birds are easy to attract to backyards with nectar or by looking in spring blossoming trees and flowers.
  • Calliope Hummingbird – there are bright magenta feathers on this little bird. They can be found across the western half of the U.S. into both Canada and Mexico. This is the smallest known bird in the U.S. with a weight similar to a ping pong ball.
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird – found in the high mountain meadow areas, they are known for rose-magenta throats on the males.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – these green and red birds are found across the eastern half of the U.S. and ranging from Canada to Mexico during migration. This species is attracted to hummingbird feeders or tubular flowers.
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – these small birds are known for their green, purple, and black colors. They often perch on bare branches as they travel along the western coast in the U.S. down to Mexico.

How to Safely Attract Hummingbirds

  1. Clean your hummingbird feeders regularly: remove and clean your feeder with 9 parts warm water to 1 part bleach outdoors once a week to ensure no mold or salmonella grow in the feeder. Hummingbirds are more likely to feed off fresh sugar water and a consistently clean feeder will ensure regular feedings!
  2. Add native plants near your hummingbird feeder: plants like honeysuckle or other bright tubular species will hold more nectar and naturally attract hummingbirds to your yard.
  3. Provide hummingbirds the best nutrition: hummingbirds love sweet formulas and will eat nectar and sugar water all season long

 

Dormant Spray Improves Fruit Tree Health

       Hi-Yield® Dormant Spray - 1 Quart | Ison's Nursery & Vineyard

       Most varieties of fruit trees should receive some level of care during the winter months. This is the time of year to prune your fruit trees and to apply a dormant spray treatment. A dormant spray is usually a combination of horticultural spray oil and a copper fungicide or lime-sulfur fungicide. Mixed with water, the spray oil smothers over-wintering insects and their eggs, such as aphids, mites, mealy bugs and many more. Copper is a fungicide, but also works as a bactericide. It controls a wide variety of fruit tree diseases such as leaf spot, scab, peach leaf curl, bacterial blight and others. Lime-sulfur controls many of the same diseases, but has an unpleasant odor, and is now only available in a large commercial size of concentrate. Dormant spray treatments and good pruning practices can help keep fruit tree problems to a minimum.                                                                       

        Remember to always read the product labels, follow all instructions and recommended mixing rates when using any spray concentrates. Do not mix copper and lime-sulfur fungicides together in the same sprayer. Horticultural oil and copper fungicides can be blended and applied in combination at recommended rates during the dormant spray season. Apply lime-sulfur separately from the oil. Dormant treatments can be applied now and until the buds break on your fruit trees, later this winter.

       Burns Feed Store has all the products needed to apply a winter dormant spray. Dormant spray oil and copper fungicide are available in organic and conventional forms. We have a variety of sprayer types and sizes to choose from too.  Protective eyewear and gloves are in stock. Our team can help you select the right products to apply an effective dormant spray safely. Stop in soon to pick up your supplies. Now is the time to apply this important treatment onto your fruit trees. 

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The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds.

Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart

Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!

E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!