Hummingbirds are one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They exhibit grace in their activities, while buzzing through the air or nourishing from a sweet nectar. Hummingbirds are a pleasure to observe and enjoy their presence. With sixteen different species of hummingbirds existing in the U.S. alone, finding a way to attract hummingbirds is as easy as ever, with the right hummingbird feeders. Glass hummingbird feeders in particular are most ideal, bringing these amazing birds closer to home.
Attracting Hummingbirds Naturally
Glass hummingbird feeders meet the specific criteria and the unique nature demanded by hummingbirds. They are weatherproof, offering food and protection to hummingbirds for a sustained period of time. The smooth glass material used to make these feeders are more reflective of color, just like the iridescent wings of hummingbirds, making hummingbirds feel more at home. The glass material makes the feeder easier to clean with mild soap and water, allowing the feeder to be quickly placed back in the hummingbirds' natural environment. Some glass hummingbird feeders even have a small shelter, often further protection from sun or rain.
Red Hummingbird Feeders A Myth
Red hummingbird feeders have become a popular tradition because it was traditionally believed that the color red, specifically, attracted hummingbirds. We now know that this is a myth, and hummingbird feeders of all kinds can attract, if placed in the right setting. Hummingbirds themselves have wings of many colors so they can find beauty in many colors of hummingbird feeders. I imagine a hummingbird would feel he has reached the end of a beautiful rainbow, if he finds himself perched at a multicolored sequin glass hummingbird feeder!
Where to Place Hummingbird Feeders
- In yard or garden area
- Outside a viewing window
- Near a sitting area
Any of these areas would be ideal as long as they are out of the way of traffic and noise. Place several of them in different places and at different heights, so if one is claimed by one hummingbird, there are still places for other hummingbirds to dwell and indulge. Some hummingbirds even prefer to be at ground level, but remember this would not be ideal if you have pet cats. Hummingbirds need insects as their source of protein, so do not use pesticides in the yard.
What Else Needed to Enjoy Hummingbirds?
- Binoculars - to get a close up shot of their feathers and movements
- Lines of string - in addition to hummingbird feeders, so that hummingbirds have frequent locations to perch and rest
- Trumpet flowers - For nearby garden areas, add flowers that attract hummingbirds, giving even more reason for the hummingbirds to stay and enjoy their newly found and prized home.
- Bird baths - for hummingbirds to drink and bathe in
- Nectar - Store bought nectar is fine to use. If natural nectar is preferred, without any dyes or artificial flavors that could harm hummingbirds' sensitive organs, make a homemade nectar by following this hummingbird feeder recipe. Just make sure to follow the directions exactly, ensuring the hummingbirds' safety.
Interesting Hummingbird Facts
Once a bird lover learns the following facts about hummingbirds, they quickly want their own glass hummingbird feeder to attract them. Hummingbirds are the smallest of all birds, and the smallest among all species that have a backbone. Yet, hummingbirds exert an incredible amount of energy. They can flap their wings up to 80 times per second! They have a super fast metabolism, and require frequent refueling. Hummingbirds are migratory, and before migrating, they can gain up to 25 - 40% of their body weight by fattening up from insects and nectar. This ability allows for some hummingbirds to make remarkable migrations, such as a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico! When it is time to refuel, hummingbirds will swarm around feeders for longer periods of time, stocking up in sugar and energy.
Glass hummingbird feeders bring life and excitement to an otherwise dull back yard. Because of hummingbirds' tiny size, with time, they become fearless. Once acquainted with the area, they will even dare to zip past a bird watcher's ear or around the legs. Remember, hummingbirds do remain protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which mandates that it is okay to observe these birds, but touching or holding them is strictly prohibited. Incorporate several glass hummingbird feeders into the yard, ensuring the hummingbirds will feel safe to visit and thrive. Not only do you benefit from their presence, but they too, will find refuge in the safety of your yard.
"Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything." -- Amethyst Wyldfyre