The Best Ever Hummingbird Food Recipe
Hummingbirds Feeding At A Feeder In This Photo
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Magnificent Hummingbird In This Photo. Notice Its Bill.
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Hummingbirds Are Attracted By Bright Colors
It's a real good ideal to purchase hummingbird feeders that are red in color because the favorite color of hummingbirds is red. Hummingbirds eat nectar to power the bug eating machine that they are. You'll also find that they love to eat soft bodied bugs like spiders. Brightly colored spiders like the Carolina Writing Spider are often snatched from their nests and eaten by the birds.
Put your feeders up high enough that the birds won't have to worry about cats trying to turn the birds into prey. You can hang them right in front of a window and the birds will over time come and feed from the feeder. Stand there quietly and you can watch the birds flying about and feeding from the feeder you have hung up.
Hummingbird Liquid Food For Your Feeder
Be sure to make your own hummingbird food following the recipe here on this page. The long term effect of preservatives and food dye in commercial hummingbird food is not known and it may have a bad effect on the health of the birds long term.
Please know that you should never put food coloring, jello, fruit, or honey into a hummingbird feeder. You should know that when honey is diluted in water that it spoils quickly and grows bacteria that can harm or kill the bird. You never want to use brown sugar as it contains iron which is toxic to the birds. Powdered sugar also should not be used as it contains corn starch and will fermit quickly. You should use plain sugar water made from regular white table sugar and water.
When you hang up hummingbird feeders know that you are assuming a certain degree of responsibility. You need to keep the feeder or feeders filled with sugar water especially during the spring, summer, and fall. You need to check the feeder for drowned insects and if you find them in your feeder wash out the feeder with water and replace the sugar water in it. Remember that if you sprinkle cinnamon around the tree the feeder is hanging in it will keep away ants. Ants can not stand cinnamon.
Tips, Tricks, Or Suggestions About Hummingbirds
If you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions about hummingbirds or questions feel free to post them below in the comment section.
People Started Feeding Hummingbirds In The 1940s. Do You Know Why?
In case you're wondering why people started feeding hummingbirds in the 1940s its because National Geographic Magazine did an article on feeding the birds with sugar water from a hummingbird feeder and the rest is history.
Hummingbirds are far more common than you might think but you don't see the birds unless you catch them feeding. Not only can you purchase and hang up hummingbird feeders but you can also plant flower gardens to attract the birds to your yard.
How To Create A Hummingbird Garden
You need to pick a good location for your hummingbird garden and if at all possible you will want to place it near a window so you can observe the birds feeding on the flowers from inside the house.
Keep in mind that you need a area that is well drained and it needs to be in a area that gets 6 - 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. You should also deside on the size of the garden. You can always start with a small garden and add to it the next year or in the years to come if you wish.
Plants that you can plant in your garden to attract hummingbirds are.
1. Bee Balm.
2. Fushia and Lantana.
4. Rose Of Sharon.
5. Butterfly Bush.
6. Trumpet Vine.
7. Japanese Honeysuckle, Plant in container to keep it from spreading.I have mine in containers and they are against a wall that the Japanease Honeysuckle spreads over. I have latice put up over the wall to help the honeysuckle grow up the wall.
8. Cardnial Vine.
9. Silk Tree, Plant in container to keep it from spreading.
You can plant a combination of these flower plants in your garden and while the flowers are blooming you should have a large population of hummingbirds in your hummingbird garden. As a side benefit you'll see that you will have a huge population of butterflies also.
You can place several hummingbird feeders up around your garden about six foot apart and attract hummingbirds when the flowers are not in bloom. Its important to place your feeders at least six foot apart to create separate feeding areas for the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. The reason for this is that hummingbirds can be very territorial and will chase other hummingbirds away from what they consider to be their feeder. With a little time and effort you can create a hummingbird paradise.
Several Hummingbirds Feeding Here In This Photo.
Your Hummingbird Feeder
You will also see other birds and insects visiting your hummingbird feeder. Wasps, bees, and ants all love sugar water and they will eventually find your feeder. Be sure to empty your feeder and wash it out with water if the feeder has drowned insects in it.
Orioles, woodpeckers, and yes even squirrels will sometimes feed from your feeder. As will some species of bats. All of them love sugar water. You can hang your feeder up in such a way to keep squirrels from visiting it.
If you have ants climbing up the tree to your feeder sprinkle cinnamon all around the base of the tree and it will keep the ants away. Ants do not like cinnamon and will not stay where it is.
Be sure to keep a eye on your feeder and keep it filled up for your hummingbird friends and be sure to keep your feeder very clean. And remember please don't add food dye to the water. Its not necessary and it may harm the hummingbirds.
The Best Ever Hummingbird Food Recipe
Hummingbirds drink nectar from flowers. They know which flowers have the nectar with the highest sugar content and it is these flowers that you'll most see hummingbirds feeding from. Humming birds are like bees in that both of them are able to use the sugar which is contained in the nectar that they drink from flowers.
Most people think that hummingbirds only drink nectar but this isn't true. They also feed on spiders and bugs. This helps to fill their need for protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Nectar is a poor source of all of these things so the birds can often be seen chasing down and catching bugs and spiders. I've set and watched them snatch a spider from its web.
You may not know it but hummingbirds are quite territorial. If you put up an artificial feeder and watch it closely you may notice one hummingbird hanging around the feeder all the time and chasing off other hummingbirds that try to drink from the feeder.
Many people think that these birds spend all day flying around but that isn't true. They use up a lot of energy flying so they spend a good portion of the day setting somewhere and resting. They eat several meals throughout the day. As hard as it may be to believe these birds eat up to twelve times their body weight in nectar a day. The average hummingbird spends 10-15 percent of their time feeding and 75-80 percent sitting and digesting their food.
Hummingbird feeding. Notice Its Long Bill.
Aerial photograph of hummingbird image as part of Nazca Lines in Peru In This Photo
Did You Know This?
The ancient Aztecs wore Hummingbird tailsmen that were made from the feathers of hummingbirds and sometimes from the whole bird. The Aztecs admired the hummingbird which they considered to be hard working and filled with energy. They believed that hummingbirds were the messengers of their gods. They considered seeing a hummingbird very good luck and as a blessing from their gods.
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world.
Do you know that hummingbirds are one of the smartest birds in the world. They remember each flower they visit and they know how long it will take the flower to refill with nectar so it can be fed from again.
Hummingbirds have hearing that is much better than humans. They can also see much better than humans.
As hard as it may be to believe a hummingbirds heart beats up to 1250 times a minute.
While they are at rest a hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute.
Hummingbirds have very weak feet and they can barely walk. They prefer to fly or just set still.
They will spend more time perching in their life than anything else.
Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. A penny weighs 2.5 grams. So you can see the hummingbird really is a very small bird.
Hummingbirds do not mate for life and the male takes no part in setting on the eggs or raising the babies. All of this is done by the female bird.
The Best Ever Hummingbird Food Recipe
Hummingbirds love to feed on sugar water provided in artificial feeders. If you can hang your feeder up in front of a window so you'll have a good view when the hummingbirds are feeding. You really should make your own hummingbird feed from white sugar and water. A lot of the already made store bought hummingbird food contains red food dye and preservatives that may be harmful to your hummingbird friends. No one has ever studied the long term effects of red food dye and preservatives on hummingbirds but the general belief is that its not good for them. So the best ideal is to make your own homemade hummingbird food from white sugar and water.
Please don't use other forms of sugar or honey because these contain substances that can be harmful to the hummingbirds. Brown sugar and raw sugars contains iron which is harmful to hummingbirds over a long period of time. The reason honey is not good to use in feeders is that when it is mixed with water it can allow microorgasms to grow and spoil the liquid feed. If a bird feeds on the spoiled liquid food it can make the bird very sick or kill it.
Be sure that if your feeder is visited by bees, wasps, and ants that you wash the feeder out on a regular basis and move it around the yard to keep the ants away. Small bugs and ants will often get into the feeder and drown and when you see this has happened you should wash the feeder and replace the sugar water in it.
How To Make Your Hummingbird Food
In order to make your liquid food for your feeder mix 2 cups of white sugar with 8 cups of water and bring it to a boil. After it boils allow it to cool before you fill up your feeder with the sugar water. You can keep any left over food in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator. There is no need to add red food dye to the food. And adding food dyes to the food could even be harmful to the birds.
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Anna's Hummingbird Feeding At A Artificial Feeder In This Photo.
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More Hummingbird Information And Facts
Hummingbirds can live for 10 years or longer. Though most live for 3 - 5 years. Yes its likely that the hummingbirds you see at your feeder this year will be the same birds you will see next year. Hummingbirds return quite often to within a few hundred yards of where they were born year after year.
Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas and they are found as far north as Alaska. They are found as far south as Chile.
Hummingbirds do not migrate on the back of geese. No one knows where this myth got started but it is just that a myth.
Hummingbirds migrate in a response to a hormone change in their bodies that is trigered by the day light hours getting shorter in the fall.
Hummingbirds do not gather together to migrate. They fly south and north by themselves. One interesting fact is that male hummingbirds almost always return north about two weeks before the females. And this occurs in almost all hummingbird species.
No matter what you hear Hummingbirds will not get addicted to artificial feeders and sugar water. They will move on when they need to. No you will not stop them from migrating if you keep feeding them. When they are ready to go they will go.
There are 15 species of hummingbirds in the United States. In all areas of its habitat there are over 300 species of hummingbirds.
The country of Ecuador has more species of hummingbirds than any other country. Mexico has over 50 species of hummingbirds.
The largest species of hummingbirds is the Giant Hummingbird. The smallest is the Bee Hummingbird.
Canada has three species of hummingbirds while Alaska has one species.
Did you know that we know that the favorite color of the hummingbird is red?
Hummingbirds are one of the few birds that do not sing. They make a chirping sound.
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