It's time for Hummingbird Migration

7/04/2009 01:00:00 PM ·

Hummingbirds are one of the most fascinating birds in the world, besides being the smallest of all bird species. Typically they hover in mid-air by flapping their wings 12-90 times per second (depending on the species). And fly at speeds of 34 mph or more.

They tend to migrate to Central America in the fall to spend their winter months in a warmer climate. However some of the species, including the Anna's Hummingbird, is a year round resident of southern California to parts of southern Arizona and southwestern British Columbia.

These lovely birds are a welcomed addition to any home, and many people choose to fashion a hummingbird feeder on the outside of stained glass windows and on their veranda's to watch these spectacular birds in action. Typically the best way to attract these creatures is to put nectar or sugar water in the feeder. They will access the food by using their specialized elongated beaks, savoring the sugars in the nectar as well as the water provided.

If you do plan on preparing the food yourself, a recipe you can use is 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water "Boiling and then cooling this mixture before use has been recommended to help deter the growth of bacteria and yeasts. Powdered sugars contain corn starch as an anti-caking agent; this additive can contribute to premature fermentation of the solution."

Enjoy these birds while you can, as they tend to migrate back and forth before you have time to notice.

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