Hummingbirds will be flying to your yard to visit your feeders, flowers and water!
Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism. Their hearts beat from 500 to 1200 times a minute.
In order to feed their little bodies they eat about every 10 to 15 minutes. They consume half their body weight in food every day.
They may visit 1,000 to 2,000 flowers a day to satisfy their appetite.
The amazing rufous hummingbird in the photo migrates around 2,000 miles. Such a long flight for such a tiny bird.
The smallest bird in the world is a hummingbird.
The bee hummingbird from Cuba is only 2 inches. They weigh from a half to three-quarters of an ounce.
The largest hummingbird is the Giant Hummingbird that lives in South America. It is giant for a hummingbird at 8 inches in size.
Hummingbirds consume so much food every day. This is our clue for getting them to visit our yards.
Feeding hummingbirds is the best way of attracting hummingbirds to our yards.
They are voracious eaters. It's a joy seeing these tiny creatures coming to our porch, windows and our gardens.
Consequently hummingbird feeders are made with red parts.
So one way to get a hummer's attention is to tie bright orange-red surveyor's tape to trees or shrubs near your hummingbird feeders and flowers.
Your local building supply will normally carry this bright colored tape.
Or there are red plastic flags used to flag a long load of lumber. You may be able to get some red flags from them. Place them out in your yard on a fence, tree or shrub until the hummingbirds get used to coming to your feeders.
Mother hummingbirds feed their babies regurgitated insects and spiders mixed with flower nectar. The babies grow on this protein mix for about three weeks and then they take off on their own.
Select feeders that will be easy to take apart and clean.
A small feeder is fine to start out.
There is no research I know of about how the red coloring may affect hummingbirds.
Why take a chance on harming your visiting hummingbirds. Make their food without any red coloring.
We want the hummingbirds eating in our yard. We don't want them to go in search of new food sources.
Don't let the food get cloudy or the feeders grow mold, it could cause the hummingbirds to sicken and die. We don't feed our children spoiled food.
Place the hummingbird feeders where you can see them out a window. Or view them from your deck or patio. You will want to enjoy the feeding hummingbirds.
A special treat are feeders that will attach to a window with suction cups.
Good wisdom for attracting hummingbirds is to place the feeder near the flowers your hummingbirds are visiting. Or near areas where you see them perching.
We want the hummingbirds to feel safe and comfortable in our yards. How do we do that?
Flowers give the hummingbirds their natural food. And our trees and shrubs give them places to perch and nest.
They are great for attracting hummingbirds. They hold plenty of nectar for the hummers to eat.
God made the hummingbirds especially adapted with long bills to reach deep down in the flowers. Most insects can't reach that deep into the flowers. They have a grooved tongue they use to lap up the nectar.
Many native plants have the tubular flowers hummingbirds prefer, they include;
Give the hummingbirds a variety and flowers that bloom at different times. That will keep them coming to your flower garden.
They like red flowers, but they will feed from most any color flower, as long as it provides nectar.
Hummingbirds like to perch near their feeders and flowers. Once they find a good food source, they like to keep an eye on it.
It may not seem like a good gardening practice to the homeowner, but it makes perfect sense to hummingbirds.
Provide small trees, vines and shrubs to give the hummingbirds cover. Plant them around the edges of your property. They will do double duty as a living fence between you and the neighbors.
Hummingbirds like to build their nest close to their food and water supply. Smart birds, they are!
So, leave the spider webs in your shrubby areas. The hummers will use them to build their nest. They also will use the spiders for food.
Finally, but not the least - hummingbirds need water.
Hummingbirds will come to the fine water and get themselves wet. Then they go to a perch and preen themselves.
They like water and they like to bath. Sometimes, if there is no fine mist available, we have seen them bathing in the dew on leaves.
Provide hummingbird food, a hummingbird habitat with flowers and water.
You will enjoy providing for these amazing little birds. Once the hummingbirds find your yard, they will remember and return each year.
They know a good thing when they find it!