All about Hummingbirds!!

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  Facts

  • Hummingbirds augment their diets with insects and spiders and will drink sap as it runs from trees. They also need water – as much as eight times their body weight each day. (So it’s a good idea to place feeders near a water source.)
  • Hummingbirds quickly adapt to human presence. Hanging plants and nectar feeders, and providing perches in a sunny spot near a window will provide hours of enjoyment in watching the birds.
  • Just remember Red and Tubular! flowers are perfect!

Tips

  • Hang baskets of red, deep-throated flowers (like fuchsia, million bells and/or petunias) from porches, overhangs or tree limbs to bring your hummingbird enjoyment to eye level. Stop in either location or email us for a complete list of all the annuals and perennials we recommend for your garden.
  • Hummingbirds are also attracted to feeders filled with nectar solution. These feeders are made of clear plastic or glass, with a flower like red base. Hang them 2-5 feet from the ground, in a protected, sunny spot. (Powdered nectar mixes are available, or you can make your own by mixing 1 part table sugar and 5 parts boiled [then cooled] water.) Remember, hummingbirds are fiercely territorial, so spread several feeders around the garden, making sure they’re out of sight from one another.

     Next Steps

  • Your Garden: Humming(bird) With Excitement: Hummingbirds add another level of beauty and movement to the landscape. Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your garden with the right “hummingbird plants” and feeders – and where to place them to best enjoy these amazing creatures.
  • Attracting Hummingbirds With Annuals: Whether you grow in containers or in the ground, attracting hummingbirds to the garden can be as easy as planting some long-blooming annuals. The trick is to pick the right colors and shapes. Check out some great easy-to-grow flowers for hummingbirds – and watch your garden take new flight!
  • Window Watching: Spying on Hummingbirds: Hummingbirds are amazing, fast-moving creatures that are easy to scare away. Learn how to apply a window treatment for bird-watching from the inside of your home so you can watch hummingbirds without disturbing them from their nectar gathering – and enjoy your garden as it takes flight!

Here is an intersting article We thought we would share, Enjoy!

 

Humming Attractions

Linda D. Harris

When it comes to hummingbirds, there’s a fine line between “adorable” and “awesome,” and these tiny, winged gems seem to flutter back and forth across it. Their rapid wing beats and brilliant, iridescent plumage bring amazing sound, movement and color to the garden, making these unique birds simply a joy to watch.

Red, deep-throated flowers can draw hummingbirds to a garden. The tiny birds are very territorial and will return to the planting over and over again. Here, an immature ruby-throated hummingbird takes a sip of nectar.

Their fast metabolism requires each hummingbird to constantly search for food. Plants such as butterfly bush are lush with flowers filled with nectar and pollen, and they attract small insects, which the birds also eat.

It’s common for hummingbirds to hover near a feeder to have a good look for competing birds before settling in to feed.

It’s possible that the first time you encountered a hummingbird, it was their distinctive sound or fury of blurred wings that you first noticed. Their flight creates a very loud whirr or humming sound, hence their name. (It’s actually quite startling that such a loud sound comes from such a minute creature!)

Despite their small scale – typically 3½-5 inches long – hummingbirds aren’t shy. In fact, these feathered friends are bold, territorial and fearless – even fierce. It’s common that once they become used to your presence, hummingbirds will hover a short distance from your face, giving you a good look. (To encourage such encounters, try wearing a solid or patterned red shirt.)

Male hummingbirds bear brilliant, exotic plumage, a result of the way light hits the surface of their feathers and bounces back. Females bear more muted coloration that better suits their lives of nest building, as well as provides them camouflage for egg sitting and baby rearing.

Hummingbirds use enormous amounts of energy because of their high metabolism and strong, fast flight. As a result, they need large quantities of food – about half their weight every day – to provide enough calories for their metabolism. All during their hyperactive day, hummingbirds feed. They eat spiders and small insects – which they sometimes catch midair – stopping frequently to drink lots of fresh water and nectar. With their long beaks, they reach deeply into tubular flowers, and extend their long tongues to drink while hovering precisely in front of the flower they’ve chosen. Before long, the tiny bird is off somewhere else (almost quicker than your eye can follow), diving, then ascending straight up – sometimes even flying backward.

The various species of North American hummingbirds are rather separated by locale. Only the ruby-throated hummingbird is found in the eastern US and Canada, though there are sometimes rare sightings of a wayward Rufous or Cuban emerald. In the West, there are at least 17 hummingbird species in a variety of ranges. The species are especially varied in the southwestern desert areas of the US, Mexico and into Central America. Hummingbirds migrate hundreds – even thousands – of miles. How such tiny birds with so little body fat can travel so far – twice a year – remains a subject for curious wonder.

The males and females migrate separately. At his return to his breeding area in spring, a male stakes out his territory with an eye to a mate. He fiercely defends his home area, from courtship through mating. Then he moves on, while the female stays to do the nest construction, incubation and rearing of the minuscule young.

Hummingbirds need safe spots to perch, rest and observe their surroundings. In addition, they require a dry, protected perch on a tree branch or beneath an overhang where they can be sheltered from rain.

To attract these amazing creatures to your garden, be sure to include a variety of their favorite plants in your landscape. Hummingbirds prefer large deciduous trees and shrubs with bright flowers – red blooms in particular. Consider planting a trumpet creeper, which they’ll find irresistible, or choose from among red buckeye, fuchsia, trumpet honeysuckle, lilac, penstemon and flowering sage, which will also aim to please.

 


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