With the coming of warmer weather, so do the hummingbirds. Spring is when the birds migrate, and although they may look tiny, what lack in stature they more than make up for in appetite.
Each day, in order to survive, hummingbirds must feed several times each hour and consume half of their body weight in food. Unfortunately, a significant amount of the hummingbirds relied upon food source was severely damaged during the February freeze in most parts of the country.
Even though some of those damaged plants are beginning to come into bloom, it is occurring much later than is usual. This late blooming makes it difficult for the hummingbirds to find sufficient food that is needed so that they may continue their migration.
However, there is a somewhat silver lining to this story…and it includes humans.
When you are working in your flower garden, adding new plants and flowers, consider planting those types of plants that not only look good but can provide nourishment in the form of nectar for hummingbirds to feed on.
Talk to the employees at your local garden center, and see what plants and flowers they suggest will best benefit hummingbirds. You can also choose to supplement the birds’ nutrients from the plants and flowers by hanging several hummingbird feeders throughout your landscaping.
It is best to use a homemade solution of sugar water rather than the red nectar mixes you see in the store. All you will need are one part sugar to 4 parts water—basically 2 cups of water to ½ cup sugar.
Make sure to change the solution every 3-4 days in the Spring and every 2-3 days during the summer to prevent the development of any mold or pathogens that can prove deadly to hummingbirds.