Karen Donnachaidh wrote: I have to ask, one of my sisters says that by feeding birds (all birds) we take away their natural food seeking abilities. Do you agree? I don't.
I have to ask, one of my sisters says that by feeding birds (all birds) we take away their natural food seeking abilities. Do you agree?
I always wonder why one can't use organic raw cane sugar. If refined is not good for us, how is it good for them?
Lonicera fragrantissima is a delightful winter-flowering shrub bearing fragrant, cream-white flowers on almost leafless branches. These are sometimes followed by dull-red berries. The purple-flushed green leaves appear in spring. The flowers are a magnet for winter-active bumblebees. (& hummingbirds!)
Steve Earsom wrote:My main worry about hummingbird feeders attracting bees is that hummingbirds can’t eat in peace in the presence of bees. As someone who enjoys watching birds a lot more than watching bees, I don’t want bees to get to the hummingbird feeders I put out.
Steve Earsom wrote:Do Hummingbird Feeders Attract Bees? Yes, because when the bees find a food source, they get in, the hummingbird likely won't eat there and it will look for another food source. This is why we have to keep bees away from hummingbird feeding places. Some ways to keep bees away from hummingbird feeding places are: Using a red feeder for hummingbird food will attract more hummingbirds while discouraging bees. Use a dish-shaped hummingbird feeder for the hummingbird's long beak. Or use nectar protection tips, preventing bees and other sweet-loving insects from accessing the nectar.
Blake Lenoir wrote: Hello! Anybody grown some scarlet runner bean, Mexican sunflower and other annuals for hummers? I've grew a black coat one and some Mexican at my community farm this past year, but no hummingbirds came, although the flowers are awesome. Any annual bee balm such as the scarlet one to plant for next year?
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Does anyone know what Anna's Hummingbird feed on in colder climes, during the winter??? ...
I know they eat bugs/flying insects, but again, those to are in very short supply this time of year on the west Coast of Canada. I only just found out the nest year round. How can they possibly find adequate nutrition to produce eggs and aise young?!?!
In cold weather, hummingbird bodies enter into an "energy-conservation mode called torpor," according to Oregon State ecologist Adam Hadley. Birds that stay north for the winter experience a nightly "mini-hibernation," in which their 107-degree body temperatures can plummet to 48 degrees.
Development has replaced the native conifer forest with incredibly rich and diverse garden flowers, many of which bloom earlier or later than native flowers, providing a longer plant-nectar feeding period for hummingbirds. Some flowers, such as winter jasmine, viburnum, sweet box, witch hazel, Oregon grape, and heather, even bloom in winter.
It is not just “supplemental” food, either. Hummingbirds need protein and don’t get it from a diet of nectar alone. One researcher calculated that, during the summer, a hummingbird needs to eat more than 30 small flies per day. How much protein a bird requires during the winter is unknown, but it may be less, especially if it is more sedentary or more adept at finding insects than we imagine. (Hummingbirds will also suck the sap from sapsucker woodpecker holes to supplement their sugar needs.)