How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard

By  | March 12, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Visions of spring dance in our heads and we think about making our yards and patios beautiful with flowers let us do it for the hummingbird …..

Hummingbirds are truly remarkable and fascinating creatures. A diverse family, hummingbirds include the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba, and some of the strongest migrants. The Rufous Hummingbird, if based upon distance traveled in proportion to body size, undertakes the longest avian migration in the world. To sustain their supercharged metabolisms, hummingbirds must eat once every 10 to 15 minutes and visit between 1,000 and 2,000 flowers per day.

You can attract, feed and nourish hummingbirds in your backyard with a few easy steps. Flowers, feeders, perches, insects, and water are the key ingredients to a healthy yard that will attract these amazing jewels.

Flowers
Hummingbirds are specialized for nectar-eating, evident by long bills and grooved tongues ideal for probing flowers. Sugary nectar supplies fast energy and makesIMG_4404 up 90 percent of a hummingbird’s diet. Unfortunately, due to development and climate change, hummingbird-friendly habitat is rapidly disappearing across many hummingbird migration routes. You can create a healthy environment for hummingbirds with these steps:

  • Fill your yard with flowering plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. Even a window box or hanging basket can help.
  • Grow native plants like trumpet honeysuckle, bee balm, and hummingbird sage, which provide much more nectar than hybrids and exotics.
  • Plant red or orange tubular flowers to attract hummingbirds, in addition to other flowers rich in nectar.
  • Group similar plants together and choose species with different blooming periods so that there will be a steady supply of flowers nearly year round.
  • Leave some sticks and small branches on bushes and trees to enable ready perches for hummingbirds.
  • Encourage your neighbors to make their yards hummingbird friendly. An entire corridor of habitat is much more valuable than scattered patches.

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