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Food for Hummingbirds

In this video, Oklahoma Gardening’s Kim Rebek explains that hummingbird feeders can stay out in the landscape well into the fall to help hummingbirds get energy prior to their migration. In addition, you will discover some of the plants on which Oklahoma’s hummingbirds are known to feed.

Dear Mom

Memories of Mom and Hummingbirds

Dear Mom:

I miss you so very much and cannot believe that it has been four years since your death. On this anniversary date, I am feeling such a mix of emotions. I am sad because you no longer here with those who love you so very much and happy because in your lifetime you provided me with a great legacy of wonderful memories to carry with me throughout my life.

There is so much that I wish I could share with you and talk to you about, but your memory lives on and is ever present in my heart and this serves to inspire and provide a source of encouragement whenever I need it. All along life’s way, I just try to remember the life lessons you taught me and that seems to help me along the way.

There are so many things that remind me of you. Some big and others just everyday ordinary events, but nevertheless all of them treasured. The thing I remember most is your great love of family and how you so enjoyed the various family gatherings. I also remember the many wonderful meals you cooked for us, especially your tuna patties, your holiday meals and so many more. I also remember how you were always there for me, making sure my needs were met whenever necessary, you were my greatest cheerleader or defender. Thanks! As for the ordinary things, it is impossible for me to see beautiful flowers (especially yellow roses) and not think of you, as that was your favorite flower, but you really loved just about any flower. You always had the yard so full of bright, beautiful flowers that we always had the yard full of birds. I will forever associate hummingbirds with my memories of you, as you always had the yard so full of feeders and plants to attract the hummingbirds. There were so many times that we would sit on the back porch and watch the hummingbirds chases each other, put on their aerial displays or even almost fly into the kitchen window. What wonderful, amazing shows those were!

This blog was started in you honor as a way to keep your memory alive as well as share our common love of hummingbirds with others. I think of you so often as I am writing the various posts for the blog, because I feel certain that you would have enjoyed discovering all the various information about hummingbirds that can be found here. I hope that my efforts with the blog would have informed, enlightened and entertained you and that it will do so with all the others who visit the blog.

Well, I just want you to know that your memory will live forever in my heart. You are thought of so very often, but especially on the anniversary of your death. Even though it has been four years ago today, I still miss you so very much and always will. I was truly blessed to be your daughter and I hope that my life today would make you proud of me and the person I have become. Love you!


Hummingbird Eggs are Laid on Different Days

A female hummingbird will usually lay two very small eggs which are about the size of a jelly bean or a pea. It is interesting to note that each of these eggs will be laid on different days. In spite of this surprising fact, the eggs will still hatch on the same day.

You may be wondering, how is this possible? Well, the reason for this is because the female will not start incubating the eggs until both of the eggs have been laid, thus allowing the eggs to hatch on the same day.

The incubation of the eggs usually last between 16-18 days, but it can take up to three weeks if the weather is cooler then usual when the eggs are laid.


Why Band Hummingbirds?

Have you ever wondered how researchers are able to gather needed information about hummingbirds? Well, if so then this post is just what you have been searching for. In this post you will discover what information is gathered through hummingbird banding efforts.

The use of a small metal band on the hummingbird’s leg helps tell researchers about the population sizes and geographical location of migrating hummingbirds. The various hummingbird species are identified, aged and the sex of the bird will be identified. The information collected will give researchers necessary information needed about the level breeding activity, where migration stops occur along the way and patterns of species occurrence and their abundance.

So as you can see from this post, hummingbird banding efforts provide researchers with much very valuable information. Without this information researchers would have a far more difficult time trying to study these birds and thus try and help ensure the hummingbird’s survival.

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The Starts and Stops of Hummingbird Feeding

The hummingbird seems to eat almost constantly throughout the day, but there is a time of day when this begins and ends each day. The hummingbird will feed between 6-8 times per hour, but each meal only last approximately 30-60 seconds in length. Their first meal of the day takes place about ½ hour before sunrise and their last takes place about ½ hour after dark. Within the first few hours of being awake, the hummingbird will have already consumed some 25% of its daily food intake. This is necessary because the hummingbird will be going from the inactive state of torpor, which is very similar to hibernation, to being very active.

If you want to be of help to the hummingbirds, it is important to make sure your feeders remain full with nectar during these times of day. By doing so, you may play an active role in helping to ensure the survival of the hummingbird.