The clouds are breaking and we are all getting some much missed sun. Many neighbors have put bluebird houses up and those houses are being occupied by bluebird families. This is a good thing as the bluebird population has recovered nicely after a serious decline this past century. Please consider putting up a bluebird house. It is a great family project. Sometimes you may get a nuthatch or chickadee family in the house and that is great. Just remember to clean out the house when the birds have fledged their first brood and are gone as you may get another family building another nest for a second brood.
The same can be said with hummingbirds. They have migrated back to our area of NC from Costa Rica and the tropics. These are the ruby throated and only the males sport the red front of their neck. Putting out nectar feeders is a great family project also to attract hummingbirds to your yard. The nectar is made by mixing 1 cup sugar to 4 parts water (best to be heated and than cooled in refrigerator. Change the nectar at least every 2-3 days when it gets hot. Do not use food coloring and avoid the premixed nectar that is colored red as both have chemicals that are toxic to hummingbirds.