Pleasant Hill, California

Mike & Anne Eliot

Mike & Anne Eliot

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

Pleasant Hill, California

692 Contra Costa Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone: (925) 798-0303
Fax: (925) 798-9835
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Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Nectar...the Recipe for Perfectly Fun Feeding

Hummingbirds

These tiny birds use so much energy flying that they can eat double their weight in nectar and insects each day.

Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. They actually lap it up with their tongues. While dipping their grooved tongues into nectar sources at up to 12 times a second, the nectar is drawn up and into their mouth each and every time.

You can help them keep their energy level up and attract them to your yard by offering them a nectar solution.

 

Make your own nectar:  Mix four parts water and one part ordinary table sugar to create the perfect nectar solution. Example: (4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar)  Boil the water first, then add plain white sugar only after it cools.  Stir until dissolved and store extra in the refrigerator.

 

Any time you notice brown or grey stuff floating in the nectar, throw it out.  Change the nectar and wash your feeder in hot water every three to four days (more often in hot weather). If you have a WBU Hummingbird Feeder, simply place it in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleaning.

A new product called NECTAR DEFENDER is now available to make nectar last up to 6 times as long without harming birds.

Never add red food coloring, honey or artificial sweeteners to the solution.

These birds are quite bold, too, so place your feeder close to the house so you can catch all the action!

Orioles

Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. They will even use the protein-rich mealworms to feed their nestlings. Nectar feeders are also attractive to orioles, supplementing the natural nectar they typically find in flowers. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too. 

Oriole nectar can easily be made from hummingbird nectar by adding 1 part water to 4 parts of already mixed nectar. 

Special Oriole nectar feeders are available with larger ports to allow Orioles to more easily feed.