Join me in wishing September the best, and looking on to October. Already???? The birds have been hushed by fall, and migration. I still have House Sparrows, Doves, a few hummingbirds, Canada Geese, a few Killdeer, Nuthatch, and more. It has been a beautiful month on a whole, and the fall is sure to be spectacular with all the beautiful colors, and the gorgeous October bright blue weather. Notice the sky on a clear day in October and you will know what I am talking about. The bluest sky ever.
If you are thinking ahead as to what to plant next year to attract birds, Liatris is a great perennial that is gorgeous to look at. Blazing star, this flower attracts hummingbirds to its spokes of lavender, rose or white flowers. American goldfinches, tufted titmice and other savor its seed heads. Black-eyed Susans will attract numerous seed eating birds, especially chickadees and finches. Some annuals that are good attractants are Sunflowers, Bachelor Buttons, Cleome, Four o’clocks, Cosmos, Nasturtium, Marigold, Spruce Trees, and Rose of Sharon.
Especially good for hummingbirds are Red Hot Poker, Flowering Tobacco, Geranium, Foxglove, Bee Balm. The best plantings for hummingbirds include Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Salvia, and Trumpet Vine. Those flowers will keep the color coming all summer and give you company from those lively little friends, the hummingbird. I like to keep a lot of color throughout the summer, so try zinnias, cosmos, phlox, morning glory, cardinal vine, mandevilla, and more.
I am having that last dose of hummingbirds right now, as they are on the move south, so you will see a lot of activity at your feeders as they need energy to keep moving. I would suggest keeping fresh sugar water in those feeders all the time right now, and you will see them feeding throughout the day. Such a last boost to watch those little guys at the feeders. October 1 will come all too soon, and then we will have to wait until May 1 to appreciate them again.
I made the mistake of putting out some sunflower seed for the Nuthatches the other day, and now zoom came the sparrows. I had not fed the birds all summer in the feeder, and had a friendly nest of wasps in there, so had to clean it out. Keep a close look out in all your bird houses for those as well. If you notice a house not being used, good chance a wasp’s nest is in there. Check it out.
Until next time good birdwatching.