Humming Bird Feeder
Do you like to watch hummingbirds as they dart among the bright flowers in your garden? Off course, the answer is yes!
Hummingbirds enjoy nectar from the flowers, eating insects, and drinking nectar syrup from the hummingbird feeders. Hummingbirds generate the required energy from flower nectar and the sugar water, which they get from the feeders to maintain their astonishing metabolism. In the US itself, there are over eighteen different kinds of hummingbirds.
How to attract hummingbirds to your garden or yard?
Do you know how to attract beautiful hummingbirds to your garden? Give them a sufficient amount of food, which they like to have – nectar! Nectar placed into a hummingbird feeder draws the hummingbirds into the garden. Hummingbirds eat nectar more than twice their body weight, so putting a hummingbird feeder throughout your garden will help in their pursuit of more food. There are varieties of hummingbird feeders from which you can choose and decorate your garden nicely.
Normally hummingbirds need nectar to power the insect-eating machine that they are. The nectar provides the energy they need for action, while the spiders and soft bodies of insects provide the proteins.
Now coming back to hummingbird feeders, it offers endless designs for you to choose from. Some of the models also come in the shape of apples and strawberries. Their body shapes are bright red, which helps to attract the attention of birds as hummingbirds love the red color.
Where to hang your hummingbird feeder?
Now, where to hang your hummingbird feeder? A new hummingbird feeder may be hung over or near a garden of hummingbird plants. If at all, you change the old one it’s better to hang the empty feeder along the side of the new bird feeder.
To enjoy watching the hummingbirds you can place the feeder near the windows or outside the kitchen. However, always ensure that your window has a curtain behind it to prevent hummingbirds from flying into the window.
Recipe for Artificial Nectar or Syrup
Following is the recipe for the artificial nectar (syrup)
- Use one part of ordinary white cane sugar to four parts of water
- It is not necessary to boil the water, the microorganism which causes fermentation does not come from the water; they are transported to the feeder on hummingbird bills.
- Store the unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How often do the hummingbirds need to eat?
So, how often do the hummingbirds need to eat? Is this the question, if you check five different websites and other books you will get different answers for the same question. Normally, hummingbirds need to eat very frequently since; they need a lot of energy for flying.
How to take the humming feeder down?
The biggest misconceptions belief about hummingbirds is that, if you do not take your hummingbird feeder down they will not migrate. This statement is absolutely false!
In many areas, hummingbirds migrate even before the flower and insects start to decrease. Generally, males migrate several weeks ahead of females. Migration is done according to the changing day length or the photoperiod. Actually, migrating hummingbirds may be helped by hummingbird feeders.
Generally, the body of most humming birdfeeders is red. This is an open invitation to feast in your garden to any hummingbird passing by and bringing a profusion of color to your garden.