FIRST SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER (September 5, 2020)—NATIONAL HUMMINGBIRD DAY
DO’S AND DON’TS..
- Flowers, perches, insects, and water are the key ingredients to a healthy yard that will attract these amazing tiny birds. Hummingbirds are specialized for nectar-eating, evident by long bills and grooved tongues ideal for probing flowers. Sugary nectar supplies fast energy and makes up 90 percent of a hummingbird’s diet.
When feeding hummingbirds, cane sugar is highly recommended, although beet sugar is okay. Do NOT use any other sugar—NOT turbinado, raw, powdered (it contains starch!), or brown sugar, etc., or organic sugar—and NEVER use honey or artificial sweeteners. AND NO RED DYES! Spring water is preferred, but most tap water is acceptable.