love to inhabit areas in these regions on forest edges, parks, gardens,
thickets and for some like the Rufous Hummingbird in the first picture on this page
above, mountain meadows are a favoured habitat.
can live anywhere nectar producing flowers flourish and tiny bugs abound.
Interesting Hummingbird Information About Torpor
Several species of hummingbirds live during the winter, in desert or
mountainous regions, where the nights can get very cold.
This causes the
hummingbirds to enter a hibernation-like state called torpor.
heartbeat slows to about 50 beats per minute.
This is a considerable
drop since their daytime rate is 1260 beats per minute!
Plant flowers and shrubs that Hummers love to frequent, then hang your feeders nearby. They will spend more time flitting from flower to flower and your feeders this way.
birds are very reliable and will return each year. Be sure to place
feeders in the same spot because the returning birds will look for them
in the exact location as last year.
Waiting, not so patiently!
Every year I hang one feeder in front of my kitchen window. I always try to get my syrup feeders out just before the end of April so I will be sure to have “dinner on the table” when my resident Hummingbirds return.
But one year I was busy doing something in my kitchen and kept noticing movement outside the window. I didn’t look or pay much attention. Then all of sudden I discovered what was causing the commotion.
When I looked up and stood still long enough, just a couple of seconds, the answer sailed by, again and again.
I had lost track of time and sure enough it was May and my little feathered friends were back. I was pleased that they knew I was home and would answer their call!
Hummingbird habits are particularly interesting during bathing. They
will brush up against wet leaves, ruffling their feathers to dampen
them. Then sit to clean and preen their feathers.
There are no specific bird baths available for hummingbirds. They will use any bath that is small and very shallow.
than wet leaves Hummingbirds also enjoy a dripper or mister placed over
a bird bath. A dripper or mister can be purchased or rigged up with a
garden hose. I have included a couple of good drippers and misters below.
They love to swoop back and forth under the dripping water or
through the mist. After several passes they will sit on a branch and
preen their feathers. Then start all over for another pass or five!
Have you ever watched a Hummingbird take a bath?
Enjoy watching this one!
Your Hummingbirds will love these!
Just place them in your existing bird bath and plug them in.
favourite pastime for Hummers is perching for several minutes watching
the area and sometimes sitting motionless (as hard as that may be to
believe if you have never witnessed this habit). Hummers spend 80% of their time perching. We have a dead elm in
our backyard that has a limb which sticks out from the rest. It is a
favourite spot for one of our local Hummers. They will use TV antennas or
satellite dishes, clotheslines, anything that gives them a good view of
the surrounding area.
often, about every ten minutes, for 30 to 60 seconds at one sitting.
They have split tongues which open on both sides to hold the nectar,
then zips up when they pull their tongue back into their mouth.
hummingbird will eat almost half its body weight in sugar each day. If a
man had the same metabolic rate he would have to eat 285 pounds of
hamburger a day!
Here are pages with Hummingbird information & habitat. There is more too in the right column.
Hummingbirds is not that hard. There are ways to make attracting these
beautiful little birds to your backyard easier for hours of enjoyment. Learn
Migration is a marvel when you think about the tiniest bird on the planet,
flying thousands of miles each year and not just once but twice. How do they do
it against the wind, inclement weather and find enough food?
Mating is truly a joy to witness! Their flaming gorgets which attract mates
also wins our hearts.