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Tips on Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Backyard!
Tips on Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Backkyard!

Tips on Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Backkyard!

TIPS ON ATTRACTING HUMMINGBIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD! 

In the United States, you can find over 16 kinds of Hummingbirds. For people east of the Rockies, the most prevalent by far is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. In fact, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the most widely distributed of the world’s 338 species of Hummingbirds all of which occur ONLY in the Western Hemisphere. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is often found between woodland and meadow. However, it has adapted well to human development, but only if there is shelter, space and food. Thus, it is frequently seen in suburban backyards and mature trees and shrubs, in wooded parks and around farmsteads.

 NESTING

 A hummingbird nest is not much bigger than a quarter and often it contains just 2-3 eggs no bigger than small peas. It’s typically hard to see, as it blends in well to the tree branch it’s attached to, and is made of fine animal or plant down and moss or lichens. Hummingbirds have been proven to really take a product called "Hummer Helper™" Nesting Material, which provides a natural replacement for some hard to find materials. 

Water

 Hummingbirds like many birds, need and are attracted to “water”. One of the best ways to attract hummingbirds is with a mister that emits a fine spray. 

Artificial Nectar Recipe   

   One Part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts boiled water.

   Example: Add four cups of boiled water to a large jar which is close-able.

      Add one cup of Cane Sugar to the still hot water.

      Let it cool before filling the feeder.     

Store unused nectar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

      This mixture approximates the average sucrose content (about 21%)of the flowers favored by North American Hummingbirds. 

Did you know…? 

  • Hummingbirds are extremely loyal to feeding sites.  Hummers that feed in your yard one year will return to that feeder the next. If you aren’t attracting as many hummers as you want, read on! As the male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is so territorial, one key is to offer lots of feeders.
  •  Remember two Golden Rules: Keep the feeder clean and the nectar fresh.
  •  Hummingbirds keep their distance from fermented nectar. Perhaps hummers understand that they need a clear head for their acrobatic flying. Fermented nectar can support the growth of deadly molds. If a Hummingbird gets a taste of fermented nectar from your feeder, it will look elsewhere for a drink and remain suspicious of the offending feeder for a long time.

 FUN HUMMER FACTS* 

  •        Hummingbirds beat their wings about 78 times per second. During a display dive, their wings can beat up to 200 times per second.
  •        They take about 250 breaths per minute.
  •         Their hearts beat about 1,260 times per minute.
  •         They have 1,500 feathers.
  •         They consume half their body weight (1/8 lb) in food every day. That would be like an average kid eating about 40 to 50 pounds of food a day.
  •         During migration, they must fly 500 miles nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico to reach their wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. To make the trip, they must ear enough so they weigh 1 ½ times their usual weight.
  •         They can fly at speeds of 60 miles per hour and can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways and even upside down briefly, but they can’t walk.
  •         Average life span is 3-5 Years- Maximum 12 Years.
  • *This information and more are part of the Stokes Hummingbird Book available at this store! 

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