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Do you like the sound of hummingbirds that wake me up in the morning? Can seeing these cute birds make you and your family happy? If so, then you should take out a feeding bird to attract more hummingbirds to your place.
However, it is important to note that hummingbirds taste different from other wild birds. While the diet sits mostly on other birds with seeds, hummingbirds are different. So if you want to attract these colorful little bird friends, get them back more and read on.
Hummingbird dietary requirements
Hummingbirds lead a highly active lifestyle, which is why they need something easy to digest and quickly give them a lot of energy. The following items are part of the hummingbird diet:
This is the most well-known hummingbird food. It’s actually a favorite of this wild bird because it’s easy to eat and it comes with water. The sugar is the food that birds need energy for. If you notice, hummingbirds fly very fast and their wings beat very fast. They can flap their wings up to seventy times per second. With so many activities, they really need the energy that cane sugar in nectar can provide.
Another useful part of the nectar that hummingbirds make their best use is water. Hummingbirds usually don’t look for water because the liquid in the nectar is enough for them. Although nectar provides the energy and water needs of this particular bird, it does not include other nutrients needed for growth and development.
To provide nectar for these wild birds, simply mix four parts of the water into a portion of sugar. You can also use nectar concentrates sold on the market by bird-feeding brands. Be sure to check the recommended mixture of nectar concentrates you purchase, as some products require more water, while others can be used immediately without mixing. Place the nectar in an open bowl and take it out. However, it is best to use a hummingbird feeder.
During bird migration, make sure to provide a higher sugar content for nectar, as birds need more energy on long journeys. The three-to-one ratio is good. Never use molasses, corn syrup, soda and other artificially sweetened beverages. Processed chemicals in this beverage may be harmful to hummingbirds.
This food group fills the hummingbird’s other dietary needs. Insects provide protein, fat, fiber, salt and other micronutrients that are important for the balanced diet of birds. These are also necessary for the growth and development of cubs.
Although we usually only see hummingbirds eating nectar, they also spend a lot of time killing insects and foraging larvae all day long. Hummingbirds eat the most common insects are spiders, ants, insects, insects, mosquitoes, gnawing, fruit flies, insects, beetles and so on. They are said to eat between one hundred and one thousand insects a day, depending on their size and availability.
However, hummingbirds don’t feed on insects, so feeding insects on a plate doesn’t help them much. All you can do is put fruits such as grapefruit, watermelon, and even blood orange. The color of these fruits attracts not only hummingbirds, but also fruit and fruit flies that they can feed. In addition, hummingbirds sometimes drink a sip of juice when they can’t find nectar anywhere, although this is usually their last resort.
3. Ashes and sand
Nectar provides sugar for energy, insects with protein and fat, and gravel, sand and ash provide salt and minerals. The most important nutrient derived from this is calcium. Females need a lot of calcium, especially when laying eggs. Similarly, gravel contributes to digestion.
You can place some ashes and sand on small plates near the hummingbird feeder, especially during the nesting season. This ensures that hummingbird mothers and cubs stay healthy and develop strong bones.
4. Tree juice
Hummingbirds can sometimes be seen circling around trees, and other birds drill holes (most likely woodpeckers). They usually participate in fresh sap still available because it may be their substitute for nectar. When the sap dries up and becomes sticky, it attracts insects, which we know are also part of the hummingbird diet.
Attract more hummingbirds in your area
In order to attract more hummingbirds, in addition to putting a feeding bird and other suggestions above, you should also make your place a safe space for birds. This means that you should:
- Place the feeder within the cat’s reach. Cats are known for playing with birds, harming them and even eventually killing them. This is their natural instinct. To prevent your cat from harming birds, just make sure your hummingbird feeder stays away from where these wild animals can reach.
- Plant flowering plants. The natural source of honey for hummingbirds is flowers. Having these will attract wild birds from your area, who will eventually notice your feeder and eat there. Having tall plants also gives birds a sense of security, and in your place.
- Do not use pesticides in the garden. Pesticides are not only harmful to birds, but they also deplete their food. Remember, these birds can eat more than a hundred insects a day, so use them as your natural way to prevent insects. Also, don’t worry when your hummingbird nectar feeder attracts ants;
- Use a brightly colored hummingbird feeder. The most attractive color for hummingbirds is red, so make sure you choose this color when you purchase a feeder.
Even if you can’t provide all the hummingbird food requirements (such as insects and tree juice), you can still make sure your place encourages the production of these items. Use natural food sources to encourage more birds to come to your place and keep them healthy. When you follow these tips, hummingbirds will definitely consider their home in your garden.