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Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The tiny ruby-throated hummingbirds can generate more excitement than any other bird.
They arrive in Minnesota in May and leave by the end of September.  Only about 3 inches long, a hummingbird weighs between six and eight grams.

Its back is iridescent green with a white breast and belly.  They can fly up to 60 miles per hour and their wings can beat up to 75 times per second.

A hummingbird's egg is half the size of a jelly bean which is the smallest egg in the bird world.


Think flowers first!  Create a habitat of flowers rich in nectar which will instinctively appeal to hummingbirds.  Next, put your nectar feeder near the flowers and be patient.

To make your own nectar mix 4 cups water with 1 cup cane sugar and boil for one to two minutes.  Let the mixture cool.  Fill your nectar feeder and store the rest of the mixture in the refrigerator.Feeders should be cleaned every 2-3 days.  You can also buy the commercially prepared nectar and it will last longer in your feeder than the home made brew.

Bees and Ants

To distract bees, apply Avon Skin So Soft around the feeding ports with a Q-Tip.  To discourage ants, you can purchase an Ant Trap and attach it to your feeder.


Planting flowers is the most important part of creating a hummingbird habitat.  Here are just a few of the many choices:

Bee Balm Cardinal Climber Apple Azaleas
Bleeding Heart Honeysuckle Crabapple Beauty Bush
Canna Lily Trumpet Vine Hawthorn
Dahlia Morning Glory
Sweet William

An Original Art Piece by Rick, the Backyard Nature Specialist.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Colored Pencil - Unframed
Hummingbird Original Art
11 inches wide by 8 inches tall, on acid free paper.
Signed and Dated


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