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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Close-up look at the hummingbirds in Michigan

I love the new hummingbird feeder you recommended. I saw a green and white hummingbird the first day. Do you know which hummingbird it was? How many hummingbirds are in our area? ~ Lansing, MI

Actually five species of hummingbirds have been sighted in Michigan. The most common hummingbird at Michigan feeders and gardens from April until October is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Ruby-throated get their name from the male's ruby-red feathers on the throat. The females, like you saw have an emerald green back and white bellies.

Although seen rarely, the other hummingbird species that have been sighted in Michigan according to Hummingbirds.net are the Rufous Hummingbird, the Broad-billed Hummingbird, the GreenViolet-ear Hummingbird and the White-eared Hummingbird.

The feeder I recommended for you is our best selling HummZinger®HighView™ feeder which allows hummingbirds to perch comfortably: http://bit.ly/JYUeWf. You can also enhance your garden.

Just a few of the flowers that hummingbirds like are:
    Bleeding heart
    Cardinal Flower
    Columbine
    Coral Bells
    Daylily
    Delphinium
    Foxglove
    Fuchsia
    Hollyhocks
    Hosta
    Honeysuckle
    Larkspur
    Lilac
    Mint
    Milkweed, Butterfly
    Monarda
    Morning Glory
    Obedient plant
    Sage
    Salvia
    Snapdragon

Browse more hummingbird species at: http://allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse_tax/62/

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