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The only place in the world hummingbirds are found is America

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There are 383 species of hummingbirds in the world (exclusively in the Americas). 16 of hummingbird species reside in the United States.

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden:

One of the first ways to answer the question of how to attract hummingbirds to your flower garden is to know what they like to eat.

  • * Hummingbirds receive most of their energy from nectar found in flower blossoms.
  • * They also eat small spiders and soft insects from the leaves of plants for their protein intake.
  • * Finally, they get nectar from hummingbird feeders. These usually contain a simple sugar water mixture.

Special Note: A single hummingbird needs the nectar from 1,000 blossoms every day to sustain life.

Starting your Hummingbird Garden:

Design of Hummingbird Garden:

Narrow and or curved designs are best for your hummingbird gardens. This allows hummingbirds to have easy access to flower blooms on all sides of the garden. Note: They need room for their wings as they fly from flower to flower so don’t crowd the area too much.

The only place in the world hummingbirds are found is America

Layering:

Arrange several clusters of short, medium, and taller flowers, shrubs & trees. Male hummingbirds like to have a high perch to watch for predators while the females feed.

Hummingbird Flowers:

You’ll be happy to know… There are more than 150 varieties of flowering plants in North America that hummingbirds are attracted to. This will make it easier to find flowers in your region that will grow & thrive. Hummingbirds prefer tubular flowers because their long narrow bills fit well inside to lap up the nectar found deep inside those tubes.

Start out with a good mix of both perennial flowers and annual flowers. Perennials usually take a couple of years to become well established so you’ll go heavier on your annuals the first year. They love brightly colored flowers (red and orange flowers are their favorites).

Pesticides / Insecticides – will generally kill your hummingbirds. Avoid these!

Note: Plan a continuous display of blooms from April to October so hummingbirds have a steady food source. These are the months they have migrated back to the United States.

Hummingbird Facts:

The only place in the world hummingbirds are found is America

* Hummingbirds have the ability to fly backward or forward, hover, or ascend vertically at will.

* Their wings can rotate 180 degrees, either up, down, forward or backwards.

* They can reach speeds of 50 mph.

* Their wings beat about 90 times per second during regular flight.

* Hummingbirds can increase their regular speed to 200 times per second when the male performs his display dive.

* Hummingbirds take 250 breaths per minute when resting.

* They spend 80% of their time resting which is why they need places to perch in your garden.

* It’s heart beats at about 1,260 times per minute.

* To conserve energy at night, a hummingbird’s heartbeat will slow to 50 beats per minute.

* A hummingbird consumes half its weight per day and eats 5-8 times per hour.

* They lick nectar at 13 licks per second.

* Some will fly long distances. The Ruby-throated hummingbird flies 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico for the winter.

* Almost all hummingbird types are found in the western part of the United States. Only the Ruby-Throat lives in the Eastern United States (There have been exception sittings of other types at times).

* Note: The Ruby-Throat is a migratory bird and spends winter months in Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf States. They typically migrate back to the Eastern half of the United States from April to October depending on nighttime temperatures.

Hummingbird Feeders:

These are an alternative or addition to having flowers they love. You’ll notice most of these feeders are done in red since it is their favorite color. The actual feed is really just a sugar water mixture that gives the hummingbird lots of energy.

The only place in the world hummingbirds are found is America

You’ll have to fight the pest like ants and bees off because they love sweet liquids as well. You will want to periodically clean the feeder as well. The apparent hassle is more than worth it when you view the awesomeness of hummingbirds coming near your home and garden.

Recipe & Care:

The recipe for sweet nectar to be placed in hummingbird feeders is as follows:

1- Boil water

2- Stir in the sugar until dissolved (4 cups of water per 1 cup of sugar).

3- Let boil for 3-4 minutes.

4- Red dye is sometimes used but not needed

5- Wash feeder out once per week with hot water only (if the weather is above 80 degrees try to wash every few days).

Favorite Hummingbird Flowers:

The only place in the world hummingbirds are found is America

Below is a partial list of hummingbird flower favorites. Remember there are more than 150 varieties they love in North America.

Favorite Perennials:

  • Bee Balm
  • Coral Bells
  • Foxglove
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Hollyhock
  • Salvia
  • Phlox
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Columbine
  • Milkweed

Favorite Annuals:

  • Fuchsia
  • Petunia
  • Lantana
  • Morning Glory
  • Larkspur
  • Nasturtium
  • Four O’ Clock
  • Salvia
  • Phlox
  • Jewelweed
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Sage
  • Zinnia

Additional Favorites:

  • Bird of Paradise
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Delphinium
  • Geranium
  • Hosta
  • Impatiens
  • Iris
  • Lilac
  • Lupine
  • Trumpet Honeysuckle
  • and More…