Our smallest bird, the amazing hummingbird is a joy to watch—they can hover in place, fly up, down, forward and backward, even sideways. And they’re one of our most colorful birds, with beautiful iridescent plumage that flashes like gems in the sunlight. Having hummingbirds nearby is a constant source of entertainment.
Feeding and attracting hummingbirds is easy. Hummingbirds feed on the sugary nectar of flowers and tree sap, which fuels them for catching
You can make your own nectar solution, or you can purchase instant nectar. If you make your own, boil 1 part white table sugar with 4 parts water. Boiling helps remove the
Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright colors of flowers, especially the color red. The “flower” parts of most feeders are red, so even if the feeder itself is a different color, it will still attract hummingbirds. A few other tricks are to place the feeder in a shady location and a gentle mister in the area is also an excellent hummingbird attractant.
Hummers usually feed in the early morning and the late afternoon on hot days, but will come to feeders during the day on cloudy, cool days. So, have your feeders filled and out early, watch the weather, and with a little luck, you’ll see hummingbirds all summer long.
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