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Thirsty Hummingbirds

Written by Frances Wooden

That is BirdNote! 

[Whirring and call of Rufous Hummingbird] 

Right here they arrive! Rufous Hummingbirds, Ruby-throats, and others are migrating north after a sizzling, dry winter in sunny Mexico or Central America. They usually’re prepared for a drink.

[Whirring and call of Rufous Hummingbird] 

Hummingbirds have to devour a number of occasions their physique weight every day, in order that they’re searching for flowering crops to quench that mighty thirst. If a whirring puffball is hovering at your window, take into account changing into a hummingbird bartender. 

To assist feed them, choose a hummingbird feeder that you could simply clear on the within, and one which has loads of crimson to draw the birds. Then fill it with sugar water made by dissolving one half sugar in 4 components water. No honey or sugar substitutes allowed. And please — no crimson meals coloring. [Call of the Rufous Hummingbird]

There’s no have to really feel responsible that feeding hummers will lure them away from their pure sources of nourishment. The birds will proceed to devour a wholesome steadiness of plant nectar, small bugs, and sap.

So set out a feeder, and earlier than lengthy, you could be listening to a hummingbird hovering round your watering gap. [Whirring and call of Rufous Hummingbird]

You possibly can study much more about hummingbirds — and what attracts them. Start at our web site, BirdNote.org. I am Mary McCann.

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Whirring, name and “J show” of the Rufous Hummingbird #109124, supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Sound Recordist: G.A. Keller.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and produced by John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Govt Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2016 Tune In to Nature.org     March  2013/2016/2022     Narrator: Mary McCann

ID# 033005RUHU       hummingbird-06-2013-03-24    hummingbird-06

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