When many people think of feeding birds, the first thought goes to one of the smallest, quickest, and amazing bird on the planet-the hummingbird. With wings beating at approximately 55 beats per second, a “still” bird seems to hover in midair. Aerodynamically, the hummingbird is a mystery to the average observer, although a pilot might be able to explain the awesome sight. Flitting from flower to flower, the little miracle is very difficult to observe, unless a haven has been established, to entice the feathery phenomenon to stay for a fantastic feast of flavorful sweets. Avid hummingbird watchers start by making a veritable paradise and providing appetizing nectar.
A paradise for hummingbirds is a beautiful yard, complete with trees, bushes, and lots of beautiful flowers-especially red. Generally, people who love to watch birds also love a gorgeous yard. Proper landscaping is essential, to attract the fluttery little fliers. Hummingbirds thrive in plenty of vegetation. Flowering trees, bushes, and gardens are very tempting. Flowerbeds with several varieties of red flowers are especially attracting. For whatever reason, red seems to be a favored color.
In addition to a natural environment, with a rich supply of nectar, hummingbird feeders throughout the yard enhance the bird haven. Today, feeders are usually copper or glass. Instead of the simple feeder, hung from the nearest tree, feeds can be decorative additions to the landscape. Shaped like colorful red fruits, perched on shapely pedestals, made with crystallized glass glinting in the sunshine, or fancy copper trimming, feeders serve a duel purpose as yard ornamentation. Instead of seeming like an afterthought to bribe the birds, the feeders become an important part of the overall landscaping. In fact, some people choose to place the feeders among the flowerbeds. Then, accustomed to visiting the beds to suck the nectar from the flowers, the birds will return and use the feeder, long after the flowers are gone.
Although a simple glass feeder filled with red nectar will attract a few birds, the best feeder will decorate the garden and bring the hummingbirds flocking to the source of food. Made of copper and crystal, many feeders have copper entwined around the glass, with red flower designs to further attract the picky little pets. For example, Holland Hill Tweeter Totter has beautiful copper hummingbird feeder designs. The twisted copper strands around the feeder also serve as perches. As the birds land on the copper, the feeders tilt to dispense the nectar. Other variations include window feeding stations, for a closer view of the tiny tweeters. Red glass balls hang next to the feeding tubes, to further entice the birds.
The Schrodt Facet feeder is also made to further entice the birds to come to dinner. A prism made of cut red glass; the design sparkles in the sun and becomes an irresistible feeder for the hummingbird. With a base of copper, the reflected light bounces off the red glass bottle. The hummingbird cannot help being curious. Soon, the birds will be feeding and coming back frequently for more of the sweet liquid placed among the flowers.
In addition to placing the feeders amongst the flowers, hummingbirds are definitely attracted to the color red. Therefore, if the feeder is not cover with red ornate flowers, an individual can also provide a more inviting feeder simply by tying red ribbon around the feeders. With plenty of feeders, strategically placed throughout the yard, hummingbird will have a feathery paradise.
However, if the feeders are haphazardly placed, the hummingbird haven can also become a war zone. Hummingbirds are extremely territorial. If the feeders are located too closely together, the little angels will become devilishly demented. Sometimes fighting to the death, hummingbirds would rather fight than share a tasty treat. So, to keep peace and harmony in the air, place the feeders farther apart, in an area of privacy from the other feeders, so the birds will not bother one another. At peace, the birds will continue returning for a trouble free feast.
In conclusion, if an individual is interested in providing a hummingbird haven, start with the landscape, and create a beautiful yard. Plant plenty of trees, bushes, and flowers-especially red. Once the yard looks wonderful to humans and birds alike, include hummingbird feeders strategically throughout the yard. Given a little privacy and space, the birds will be able to enjoy a veritable paradise, and individuals will witness the magnificent little feathered creatures seemingly suspended in the air, with virtually invisible wings.
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