Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds, these tiny creatures can only be measured in centimeters, but America’s fascination with them only grows. Did you know that Hummingbirds abandon all typical anatomical logic by weighing the same amount as a U.S. penny, while still having the ability to hover mid-air with wing-flapping rates at a staggering 50 times per second? Because of their beauty and uniqueness, homeowners enjoy attracting hummingbirds with sweet nectar to their backyards.
Right now in our area in Tennessee, the Ruby-throats hummingbirds are moving south, refueling their bodies in the early morning, traveling midday, and foraging again in the late afternoon to maintain their body weight.
However, some people are reporting seeing fewer numbers than usual this year, and speculations have begun as to why. Theories range from severe weather to low food sources to a lower reproductive success rate. Whatever the cause, the news is disheartening. So we’ve provided ways to keep the beautiful, tiny, winged creatures coming back so you can enjoy your yard to the fullest.
Keep the feeder clean
Studies actually show that hummingbirds prefer a clean feeder over a dirty one. While this may seem obvious to humans, we previously wrongly assumed that birds had no preference.
Keep the feeder stocked (but don’t overfill)
Depending on the type of nectar you prefer to use, spoiling can possibly occur after only a few days. So use a sharp eye to how much nectar is being consumed every few days. Lessen the amount if necessary and refill more often with fresh nectar. Our owner’s wife, swears by the simple recipe of 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. Be sure to stir thoroughly until sugar dissolves and keep refrigerated.
Hummingbirds are attracted to brightly colored, high nectar-producing flowers. In fact, it’s been observed that they tend to prefer red, orange, and pink flowers.
Provide shade for the hummingbirds
Use a warm and shady spot as a determinant of where the feeder should be located. And if possible, locate close to a place like a branch or a ledge where hummingbirds have a chance to rest their tired wings and perch.
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