Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simply Hummingbirds

Hummingbird
Summer would not be complete without the humming of the Hummingbird.  We make sure to provide a feeder for these delicate creatures, so we can enjoy watching them buzz around the kitchen window.  It's easy to prepare the feeder.  I would recommend you purchase a feeder that is already red, so you don't have to add any artificial coloring to the sugar water mixture.  Some say that the color does not matter, but I have many friends that tell me the Hummingbirds will pass the clear feeders and go towards the red ones.  So, I would just go with what we know works well and keep with the red feeders.  The sugar water is really simple to make.  You just need to thoroughly mix a 1 to 1 ratio of plain white sugar and water.  You will then pour this mixture into the feeder and hang it in a low traffic area of your yard.  Also, unless you already have Hummingbirds, you will need to wait for them to find your feeder. When we first set up our feeder, it took about 2-3 months before they started coming around.  Now, we have about 6 of them that are continuously coming and going.  It's so nice to be working in the kitchen and look out the window to see these beautiful creatures humming about.

Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds are actually only found in the Western Hemisphere. They span the continents from as far north as southern Alaska, down to the southern tip of Chile.  The varieties of these birds are numerous and area specific.  Their name comes from the fact that they make a humming sound with their wings.  They can flap their wings up to 80 times per second!  Also, they can fly in any direction and even upside down.  The legs of the Hummingbird is only for perching and are not used to walk or hop with them. So, you can imagine how much energy is must take for these birds to be flying around all the time.  They do have to feed often since they have a fast heart rate, high body temperature and quick breathing.  The Hummingbird's primary food is nectar, tree sap, pollen and insects.

I hope you will set up a feeder for these beautiful creatures, if you have not already.  Enjoy the rest of your week friends! Check back with us on Friday, when we will have our Recipe of the Week!

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