3 Magical Facts About Hummingbirds

6068El zunzun like nectar just as much as joyas voladoras and chupaflor. The hummer, flying jewels, and flower-sucker, respectively, are all nicknames for hummingbirds. They are a gem in the bird world, not just because of their classic ruby-colored throat and magnificent colors, but because they are so unique. Here are three magical facts about hummingbirds:

  • The ruby-throated hummingbird weighs 3 grams, while a nickel weighs only 4.5 grams
  • Hummingbirds can’t really walk or hop because their feet evolved to be smaller and lighter for efficient flying
  • Their wings rotate 360 degrees and are the only species that can fly backwards, as well as in any other direction

Ruby Red Humminbird FeederDraw hummingbirds to your yard with a red bejeweled feeder or a swing. This Ruby Red Hummingbird Feeder (left) is made from red glass, so you can add clear Hummingbird Nectar to keep their energy high.Jeweled Hummingbird Swing

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Wandy July 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

Have you noticed a difference in the sugar while stirring the syrup up for the hummers? I use over 50 pounds of sugar every summer feeding the hummers, but his year it seems harder to dissolve the sugar, and it sounds gritty. It also looks odd, kinda cloudy instead of clear. I am concerned about this because instead of the hummer population going up as the parents bring their babies to the feeders, it’s going down. This has never happened before. Do you make your own nectar? Is there a special brand of sugar you use? I have also sent a message to the market where I purchase the sugar, just in case it’s being processed in China – sure hope not! Thank you. Wandy

Bryan July 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I just ordered a new feeder for my patio and want to relate my appreciation for the simplicity in doing so. I am new to this bird watching and have much to learn. Thanx and visit with ya soon…………….

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