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Hummingbird Edition

Posted by Cheri Penny on 6/16/2015 to 7 Things You Must Know About Birding
Hummingbird Edition
These brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip toward the next nectar source. Feeders and flower gardens are great ways to attract these birds, and some people turn their yards into buzzing clouds of hummingbirds each summer. Enjoy them while they’re around; by early fall they’re bound for Central America, with many crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight.

  • There are 15 types of hummingbirds in the  U.S.A and 5 types in Canada.

  • They feed 5-8 times per  hour and consume approximately 1/2 of their weight  in sugar daily.

  • They depend solely on artificial sugar till nature brings  blossoms.

  • At least 3 hummingbird feeders are recommended per  yard to reduce conflict.

  • Feeders must be set out by Early May (In Canada) and early April (Southern USA).

  • Hummingbirds are attracted to bright  colors  such  as red, orange and yellow.

  • Hummingbirds may live up to 10 years coming back to the  same feeder every time.