- Hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of about 70 beats per second
- They eat an average of 7 times per hour.
- Hummingbird feet are only used for perching, not hopping or walking.
- A hummingbird can visit up to 1,000 flowers per day and remembers where they all are!
- Hummingbirds migrate, some going all the way down to cross the Gulf of Mexico!
Recipe: Dissolve 1 cup of sugar into 4 cups of water. That's it! Pour into feeder and hang in the same spot they're used to it being in. If you have extra you can store it in a closed jug in the refrigerator. (or you can just mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water so there's none left over.) As an added bonus, it's much cheaper then the store bought stuff!
The red food coloring is not necessary and may be toxic to their systems. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red though, so I just buy the red feeders. Never use honey, organic sugar, cane or agave syrup, brown sugar or artificial sweeteners. They contain too much iron, calcium etc and are harmful to hummers! Don't use distilled water, it has all of the naturally occurring minerals removed. Tap water is the best to use. You can also use spring water if you have it.
Now that you have the right food to put in the feeder, the feeder itself needs a little bit of TLC:
- Hang your hummingbird feeder in the shade so that the nectar stays fresh longer.
- Hummingbirds aren't very afraid of humans so you can hang a feeder outside your window and they will visit it and let you observe them!
- Don't move the feeder often. They remember where every source of food is so when they don't find the feeder, they won't look around for it they'll just move on to the next place they know food is.
- .....Which is a good reason to place your feeder near flowers.
- Change your nectar every 3-4 days to prevent fermentation. When the sugar starts to ferment it can get the hummingbirds 'drunk' causing them to fly into windows or other things causing injury or death.
- Always clean the feeder thoroughly if you see those stringy water formations or mold. Dry completely before refilling
Edited: I have received a few messages asking me why/how I'm holding a hummingbird. The answer is in the post A very special dinner guest from 2 years ago. It is the story of how this hummingbird came to land on my porch and what happened after. Enjoy!