We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
206 South Main St.
Galena, IL 61036
Phone: (815) 777-2883
Fax: (815) 777-2833
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open Easter Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm
Right on schedule, hummingbirds were sighted in the Galena area for the first time between April 30 - May 1. I saw my first one on May 1, which is the day I usually see them every year! Experts do believe that the same hummingbirds return to our yards every year and if your feeder isn't out, they'll "buzz" around looking for it! So be sure yours is out!
These miniature marvels have been migrating between North and Central America for hundreds of years, a round trip in which millions of hummingbirds instinctively participate.
For the next few months, backyards around the area will be playing host to these amazing, food-frenzied birds. They possess the fastest metabolism of any animal on the planet, burning through between one to two times their body weight in food every day.
Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. They actually lap it up with their tongues, drawing nectar from its source up and into their mouths almost 12 times a second.
Hummingbirds will head back to Mexico and Central America in late summer, early fall.
Orioles are back as well, so be sure to have oranges and grape jelly out for them. I've got at least a half dozen at my feeders...both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, male and female. If you feed them regularly, you'll be much more likely to get a pair or two to nest in your yard and then you'll be able to see these gorgeous birds for a few months.