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Avoid using pesticides in a hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds need to feed on small insects for protein, and the chemical residue may harm the birds.
The migration of hummingbirds is caused by change in daylight and other natural factors, so you won’t encourage hummingbirds to stay too long if you leave your feeder out until frost. Since the birds will leave when Mother Nature tells them to, just be sure to give them a good meal before they go. (Male hummingbirds begin their migration about three weeks before females, so they’re likely to be the first to arrive in the garden and the first to leave.)
Hummingbirds, like most other birds, have a poor sense of smell, so rely on brightly colored flowers to attract hummingbirds rather than highly fragrant ones to attract them to your garden. Hummingbird feeders are also helpful in luring these amazing creatures to your yard.
: Do hummingbirds feed at night?
: Not usually. You’re probably seeing a moth that resembles a hummingbird, appropriately named the hummingbird moth. Other hummingbird look-alikes are the hawk and sphinx moths.
Winter is for the Birds
Don’t cut off those dead-looking flowers just yet! The seed heads of these spent blooms are a natural food source for our feathered friends.
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