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Create a Bird Sanctuary in Your Backyard With a Hummingbird Feeder

English: Male Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula c...

English: Male Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope) at feeder in Albuquerque, NM, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Tim Gorman

Bird watching is a wonderfully relaxing non-activity. Creating a bird sanctuary complete with a hummingbird feeder will attract hummingbirds to your backyard so you get an opportunity to watch these wonderful little creatures in action.

Bird watching can keep your mind sharp and your attitude positive. Watching hummingbirds fly into their own little specialized habitat will give you a very positive experience. A hummingbird feeder will add elements to our backyard that would encourage hummingbirds to come. The hummingbird feeder can be hung from a tree in the backyard or another appropriate location can be chosen.

Choosing the kind of hummingbird feeder that you will use should not be a problem. There are several styles of feeders to choose from. You can build one that would be a creative undertaking or you can run to your nearby hardware store and get a hummingbird feeder already set up for you. A garden shop, discount marts or online, hummingbird feeders are available almost everywhere.

As soon as you hang the feeder, you can determine how many birds will be coming into your yard. You can expand the size of the feeder if necessary. You can add an additional larger feeder. Then you can watch all the activity around your feeder from the comfort of the backyard habitat.

Most hummingbird feeders are made of plastic. Newer feeders are made of ceramic or glass. Since if the hummingbirds do not always recognize the feeders as a source they may not come immediately to the hummingbird feeder. Add nectar to the feeder to attract them but keep in mind that hummingbirds must learn to use the feeder.

Any feeder will attract hummingbirds. The features to look for in your hummingbird feeder are ease of cleaning and personal style. Get the basin-style hummingbird feeder instead of the ones with the inverted bottle.

If your birds seem to prefer one style feeder rather than another, it’s probably a simple matter of being familiar with a certain type of feeder. If you have a lot of hummingbirds coming to your feeder, you might want to increase the number of hummingbird feeders in the sanctuary.

Hummingbirds are very territorial. Hummingbirds are small little birds but are also fierce competitors. While they are flying around your hummingbird feeder, they are aware of everything around them and will defend their territory from other hummingbirds and from insects. They must also watch out for other animals that might prey on them, such as tarantulas. Praying mantises are known to capture and kill hummingbirds.

To provide the best environment for the humming bird, your feeder should provide a source of energy for the hummingbird. The hummingbird feeder should have flower nectar and sugar water that you place in the hummingbird feeder. For protein and other nutrients hummingbirds eat insects and spiders.

You can put over ripe fruit in the hummingbird feeder. Although banana peels will attract flies to your hummingbird feeder don;t worry because the hummingbird is an insect killing machine.

Bird watching is the perfect activity to lower your blood pressure. Just relax ad watch the beautiful creature and the funny kind of things they do

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