Hummingbirds drink nectar from a variety of flowers as well as sap from trees. In the fall they can visit asters, cardinal flowers, lilies, Obedient Plants, Joe Pye Weed, grasses and more.
Hummingbirds also eat a lot of insects and spiders. They are excellent hunters. (Sometimes I suggest throwing old fruit or banana peels near your hummingbird feeders to attract fruit flies for the hummers.) Hummingbirds can catch insects in flight, or pluck them from pine needles, or catch spiders from their webs.
While migrating, hummingbirds can even follow behind Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers because these woodpeckers drill shallow wells into trees to release sap that many birds can drink. Sap also attracts and traps insects for birds.
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