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Attracting Hummingbirds with Glass Feeders

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Probably almost everybody in the world wonders of hummingbirds, of their unrepeatable and unusual look and would really want to attract them with glass feeders in the garden or yard. Hummingbirds are the one of the most fascinating creatures in the world. They display paradise in their activities, while buzzing through the air or nourishing from a sweet nectar. Hummingbirds are a delight 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 the most ideal, bringing these amazing birds closer to home.

Interesting Hummingbird Facts

Broad Billed Hummingbird

Broad Billed Hummingbird

When bird lovers learn the following information about hummingbirds, they will 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 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 as Garden Décor

Garden Fairy Hummingbird Feeder

Garden Fairy Hummingbird Feeder

Glass hummingbird feeders give 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 not allowed. Integrate several glass hummingbird feeders into the yard, ensuring the hummingbirds will feel safe to visit and flourish. Not only you benefit from their presence, but they too, will find shelter in the safety of your yard. Like Amethyst Wyldfyre said,

Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.

Attracting Hummingbirds Naturally

Glass hummingbird feeders find the specific standards 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 varicolored 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.

Traditionally Myth Red Feeders

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Feeder

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Feeder

Red hummingbird feeders have become in a great request tradition because it was traditionally believed that the color red, especially, attracted hummingbirds. We now know that this is a myth, and hummingbird feeders of all kinds can attract, if it is 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 sat down at a multicolored sequin glass hummingbird feeder.

Where to Place Hummingbird Feeders

  • Near a sitting area
  • In yard or garden area
  • Outside a viewing window

Any of these areas would be perfect 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 asserted by one hummingbird, there are still places for other hummingbirds to inhabit and pamper. 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.

Other Things Needed to Enjoy Hummingbirds

  • Lines of string are in addition to hummingbird feeders, so that hummingbirds have frequent locations to perch and rest.
  • Nectar that is store bought 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.
  • Birdbaths are for hummingbirds to drink and bathe in.
  • Trumpet flowers are 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.
  • Binoculars are to get a close up shot of their feathers and movements.

Feeding Hummingbirds-Feeder Recipe

Once you have installed hummingbird feeders in your outside area, it is high time to know the recipe of hummingbird feeder to attract these fascinating and beautiful small fairies like birds.

Hummingbird Food or Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Hummingbird nectar is also known as hummingbird food. There are two ways to go about giving nectar to your hummingbird, you can either buy it, or make it. There are several commercially available hummingbird nectar products you can purchase, but try not to purchase any products that are colored red. Red dye is unnecessary to attract hummingbird and can be bad for their tiny little kidneys. You can make homemade hummingbird nectar which can be healthier and less expensive that the store bought variety.

Recipe

  • 1 cup Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar.
  • 4 cups hot boiling water

Procedure

  • Boil more than four (4) cups of water on the stovetop. When you use more than four (4) cups of water, you can adjust to the loss of water from steam.
  • Carefully measure out four (4) cups of boiling water into a large bowl. Add one (1) cup of Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar.
  • Mix the pure cane white granulated sugar and water together until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  • Carefully place the mixture into the refrigerator to cool, usually overnight.
  • When mixture is cold, take the mixture out of the refrigerator. You now have a bowl of hummingbird food.
  • Very carefully, take apart your hummingbird feeder, following the manufactures instructions. Clean the hummingbird feeder with soap and water making sure your it is clean and free from any debris and/or mold.
  • Carefully pour the hummingbird nectar into the tank of the hummingbird feeder. Do not spill the hummingbird food or you will have an ant invasion in your house, and if you do, clean it up right away with soap and water.
  • Reassemble the hummingbird feeder according to the manufactures instructions.
  • Place the hummingbird feeder full of hummingbird nectar outside in a quiet location that is out of the way of noise and traffic. The best place is usually outside of a side window so you can watch the hummingbirds come and go as they drink the nectar and enjoy what you have provided for them.
  • While the hummingbird feeders out, it is important to remember to change the nectar at a minimum of every three days. If you see white floating strands or the nectar gets cloudy, or it just does not look right, make sure to take down the feeder and clean it thoroughly. This will not only protect the health of your hummingbirds, your hummingbirds will be more likely to stick around for more.
  • Hummingbirds are very sensitive creatures with tiny body organs. Not following the recipe exactly or using substitutions can harm the hummingbirds.
  • Do not add red food coloring or dye to the hummingbird food. It has no nutritional value and can cause damage to their kidneys. If you have a good hummingbird feeder, there is no need to have red hummingbird food to attract hummingbirds.
  • Do not use brown sugar, powdered sugar, or any other type of sugar or sugar substitute. Only use Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar to make hummingbird food. The chemical makeup of other types of sugars is not the same as Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar and can cause illness and death to a hummingbird.

Important to Know

  • Hummingbirds are very sensitive creatures with tiny body organs. Not following the recipe exactly or using substitutions can harm the hummingbirds.
  • Do not add red food coloring or dye to the hummingbird food. It has no nutritional value and can cause damage to their kidneys. If you have a good hummingbird feeder, there is no need to have red hummingbird food to attract hummingbirds.
  • Do not use brown sugar, powdered sugar, or any other type of sugar or sugar substitute. Only use Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar to make hummingbird food. The chemical makeup of other types of sugars is not the same as Pure Cane White Granulated Sugar and can cause illness and death to a hummingbird.

Making hummingbird nectar is inexpensive and fun way to keep your hummingbirds happy and coming back for more.

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