Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird migrates to the maritimes from as far as Panama. It is a very small creature making a very long journey so when it arrives, it arrives hungry. This showcases the importance of diversity in food sources in our forest. As a nectar drinking bird, notice its drinking-straw shaped beak, it needs early flowering plants such as American fly honeysuckle or Serviceberry. Shrubs like these are crucial to providing these adventurous birds with the nourishment they need for courtship and egg-laying.

With an incredibly fast metabolism, hummingbirds eat often during waking hours, while entering a torpid state at night to conserve energy. This can be confusing as the bird can seem sick or dead but it is an adaptation to their heightened metabolism.

These small birds can be aggressive, dive-bombing even owls if they find them roosting in their territory.

Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Sat
7:30 pm Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl
May
4
Sat
2:00 pm Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Want to spend less time cutting grass and more time enjoying the beautiful plants around your home? This workshop introduces a variety of hardy native plants to attract wildlife and beautify your yard.
May
11
Sat
8:00 am Birds and Breakfast
Birds and Breakfast
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for at hot beverage and breakfast treats to start your
May
18
Sat
10:00 am Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning
May
25
Sat
10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This workshop will look at on creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants. Participants will learn about which plants are best, spacing, planting and maintenance.

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