Making Your Backyard Into a Hummingbird Habitat

Posted on December 11th, 2009 by admin in Bird Article, North American Birds

Making Your Backyard Into a Hummingbird Habitat

Hummingbirds infamously have a high wing-beat rate, and it is its speedy wing-beat speed that generates the hum for which the hummingbird is named.

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

In order to draw hummingbirds to your backyard you must provide them the nectar producing flowers. There are quite a variety of blooming plants and you will want ones specific to where you live. Fascinatingly, the mixture of people planting winter flower gardens and providing Hummingbird Feeders has encouraged more hummingbirds to make North America their year-around home in the temperate areas along the Gulf and Pacific coasts. You will want to be very choosy when picking a Hummingbird Feeder as many editions simply do this beautiful bird no justice. The fact is that a lot of hummingbirdgardenhummingbird feeders force the hummingbirds to fight with bees, wasps, ants, orioles, woodpeckers, and other animals for access to the sugar water.

Protecting the Health of Your Hummingbirds

Studies have revealed the top formula for sugar water to be one cup of “white granulated sugar only” to four cups of water, mixed and placed into the feeder. The feeder should be empty and washed with dish soap and hot water at least one time per week, to avoid harmful bacteria build-up or soured sugar water.  For the wellbeing of your neighborhood hummingbirds, you should by no means use any raw sugars, brown sugar, powdered sugar, honey, or any additives in your sugar water mix. All include other essentials that will be to the detriment of any hummingbirds consuming these products.

Selecting a Good Hummingbird Feeder

There are countless companies providing hummingbird feeders in the marketplace. But for the advantage of your birds, you should try to keep an eye to finding a feeder that has certain features and benefits. Remember, your neighboring birds are contending with bees, wasps and ants for admission to the food in your feeder. So, it is advantageous when you can find a feeder that is intended to control these insects from gaining access to the sugar water mix.  The point of a feeder is to attract the right kind of visitors, not the wrong kinds.



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