A hummingbird feeder can be a great asset to your landscaping. The hummingbirds it attracts will add movement and grace to your outdoor areas. In addition to the beauty of the hummingbird, they can serve a practical purpose: ridding your landscape of ants and other small bugs.
Humming bird facts
The hummingbirds that gather around your feeder are capable of beating their tiny wings up to 200 times per second. Baby hummingbirds cannot fly, but once grown, can get up in the air at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Hummingbirds have enough energy to visit up to 1,000 flowers per day. According to hummingbird.net, “there are 16 species of hummingbird breed in North America, each one is different, and location is the best clue to identification.” The birds can fly backwards and upside down. The more facts you read, the more you will want a hummingbird feeder so that you can watch these fascinating birds at will. But don’t think that you should go ahead and build a hummingbird village because the unique creatures won’t use birdhouses. A hummingbird feeder is the only way to entice them into your outdoor areas.
Make your own hummingbird feeder
Though there are many dazzling hummingbird feeders available in home improvement stores, home décor outlets, and department stores. They come in all price ranges. Those with a creative spirit might want to make their own.
Making your own hummingbird feeder is a fairly simple process. All you need is a small bottle (glass is better than plastic), a large red ribbon or decoration, and a wire to hang it by. The ribbon or decoration must be red because it is the color that hummingbirds are most attracted to. The feeder must be filled with nectar or sugar water. The allfreecrafts.com site offers the following nectar recipe:
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
- 1 part sugar/4 parts water
- Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.
- Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
- Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.
Sites like motherearthnews.com and birdwatchersdigest.com, as well as many other Internet sites, have some great ideas on how to make hummingbird feeders.
Hummingbird Feeder Placement
Flower gardens are the most logical home from hummingbird feeders. However, placement in front of a window, near a water feature, or within site of a porch or deck are more specific spots that will maximize your enjoyment of the hummingbirds as they drink their sweet meal. Enhance the area with bright colored flowers of varying heights. Doing this will ensure a postcard perfect picture as your feathered guests come and go to and from your hummingbird feeder, beating their tiny wings up to 200 beats per hour.