Hummingbird Food

Hummingbird’s Sources of Food

Nectar is important to the hummingbird because it can provide a quick bust of energy but this doesn’t last very long.  Therefore, protein is of vital important to the hummingbird’s diet.  Recent studies have indicated that as much as half of the hummingbird’s diet consist of fruit flies, gnats, mosquitoes, aphids, spiders, caterpillars and insect eggs.


The Prower of a Hummingbird’s Vision

Have you ever wondered about the strength or power of the hummingbird’s vision?  If so, then the information in this post will provide you with the information you seek and it may even serve to inform you as well.  

It is believed that a hummingbird can see your feeder from approximately 3/4 of a mile way.  Isn’t that amazing?  The reason for this is because hummingbirds are believed to have 8X binocular vision.   

It may also surprise you to discover that the vision of a hummingbird is better then that of a human.  A hummingbird has the ability to see into the ultraviolet range, can see at a far greater distance, and the hummingbird’s vision allows them to react to things more quickly then we as humans can. 

So, what do you think?  Does what you have discovered make you wish that you yourself had better vision? 

Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird Feeder Size Selection

Hummingbird feeders come in all sizes. Many people who are new hummingbird enthusiast will choose the biggest hummingbird feeder they can find.   While I can understand your desire to provide plenty of nectar for the hummingbirds find in your area, here is why choosing the largest hummingbird feeder that is available when you are first starting out is a common mistake.

When you are a new hummingbird enthusiast, I would suggest that you start out by selecting a hummingbird feeder with a smaller nectar reservoir, perhaps 8 ounces or so.  This will help ensure that the nectar in the feeder will be far less likely to spoil before the hummingbirds are able to discover the location of your feeder.

Also having only the one small feeder will allow you to determine if there are a lot of hummingbirds in your area.  You can always add additional feeders later if the hummingbird population in your area is large and you see that one dominate hummingbird is trying to monopolize the one feeder.  You can place multiple feeders around your yard that are out of view of one another.

If you are a new hummingbird enthusiast and therefore just trying to start drawing hummingbirds to your yard, I would suggest that you start with a smaller size hummingbird feeder.  As the number of birds that visits your yard increases along with your knowledge and love of hummingbirds, you can eventually increase the size of your hummingbird feeder and even the number of them that you place throughout your yard.

Hummingbird Pictures Hummingbird Videos

Hummingbird Photos

Hummingbirds are such beautiful creatures.  They are amazingly quick and can therefore be very difficult to photograph well.  I have great admiration for anyone who has had the good fortune to do so.  This video is a series of amazingly beautiful hummingbird photographs.  The shots are absolutely amazing and allow the birds to be seen in such great detail. 

Dear Mom

Doctor Orders Bedrest

My family doctor has ordered bed rest for me.  I must remain in bed except for being allowed to eat and use the bathroom.  This is because the swelling in my right leg is not improving as it should without my legs being elevated.  The goal is that the bed rest will allow the swelling in the right leg to decrease enough to allow a compression stocking to be put on the right leg. 

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, I have an appointment to see a Vascular Surgeon about the issues with my right leg.  It isn’t known what he will have to say about the matter, but I am hoping he will be able to successfully improve my condition.

Technically, I shouldn’t even be writing this post, because it requires me to be up for a little while.  I wanted to explain why there would not be any post for a while.  As of now, there is no way for me to know when I will once again be able to write another post.  Sorry about that.  Just know that I will do so just as soon as it is allowed by my doctor that I am no longer confined to bed rest.