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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Feeding Hummingbirds in the summer

I want to feed hummingbirds. Did I miss out on feeding them this season?

Now is a really good time to put up a hummingbird feeder. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds settle into their territories from May to June and appreciate a reliable backup feeder to feed at while they also forage for flower nectar and bugs.

Then in late June newly fledged hummers have to check out everything to see if it's food, so you may catch them with new feeders. And starting in the middle of July males begin to wander widely, and some are already heading south. So, before you know it you'll have hungry southbound migrants to feed!

Migration continues through the middle of October so there are plenty of opportunities to see hummers feeding. The migration south is a more leisurely trip than the race north. So you may see these new hummers at your feeder for a couple weeks before they catch a good wind to move further south.

Related Articles:
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

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