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Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are common in the eastern part of North America. Humming birds are easily attracted to your home by planting a variety of flowers. Hummingbirds can also be attracted and fed with either hummingbird nectar that can be purchased at many stores, or a mixture of sugar and water.

Some favorite flowers for the Ruby Throated humming bird include cannas, hosta, 

Water and sugar should be mixed at a ratio 4:1, for example you should use 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. Or, for each of our hummingbird feeders we use 2 cups water and 1/2 cup sugar. We warm it on the stove to aid in dissolving the sugar them add to the feeder.

In addition to flower nectar, hummingbirds also will eat small insects. We had a row of sunflowers growing on the side of our house, and hummingbirds could frequently be seen eating the small black ants that were attracted to the sun flower blossoms.

 

 

 
Listen to the Ruby Throated Hummingbird sound clip (.wav) from Cornell University
 

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