I'm worried I haven't seen my hummers. Did I put the feeder up too late?
Hummingbirds are truly one of the most fascinating groups of birds on
the planet and it’s not too late to put up a feeder! Hummingbirds don’t
need feeders to survive, but they might appreciate a reliable source of
food with this cold spring we’ve been experiencing. Also these
incredible little birds are fascinating to watch and a hummingbird feeder can bring them up close.
When they aren’t at the feeder, hummingbirds find nectar from a variety
of flowers as well as sap from trees. Throughout the day a hummer drinks
more than half its body weight in nectar. But that pointy hummingbird
bill isn’t only for lapping nectar; it’s also made for snatching bugs
out of the air. They use the flexible tip of their bill to capture
insects and insect eggs from the ground and on plants. They love spiders
and spider eggs.
can travel thousands of miles all alone and end up in the right place
every spring and fall since the last ice age. Banding studies show that
each bird tends to return every
year to the same place it hatched, even visiting the same feeders.
Only about 50% of all hummers survive their first year. Cold weather
takes a toll on all hummer species because their high-energy
requirements don’t allow them to go without food for long.
What is the nectar recipe for hummingbirds? http://goo.gl/MK3AU
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The Best Hummingbird Feeders http://bit.ly/L4yY3i
Why the color on a hummingbirds’ throat flashes http://bit.ly/JZ31qX
When did people start to feed hummingbirds?: http://bit.ly/o8Y8HR