How to identify a ruby throated hummingbird in summer

Ruby-throated Hummingbird ID in Summer

In early spring, hummingbird feeders in eastern North America begin to swarm with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, the males easily identifiable by their bright crimson throats and shiny green feathers. But eventually the red breeding plumage disappears, and the darting, sipping hummingbirds all start to look like… females? How did that happen? You might think the males […]

What to do if you find a hummingbird

I Found a Hummingbird: Now What?

You found a hummingbird… on the ground, in a fallen nest, in your garage. Now what? The short answer is… it all depends on the circumstances. Sometimes the best course of action is inaction, and other times, you might help a hummingbird live for another day. Here’s what to do in each situation. I Found […]

The look like hummingbirds but Hawk Moths are insects

Hummingbird or Hummingbird Moth?

It’s a hummingbird! It’s a bumblebee! It’s a… moth? If you think you’re seeing unusual-looking baby hummingbirds or giant bumblebees buzzing quickly about your garden… sadly, you’re probably not. A hummingbird must be fully grown before it leaves the nest and “fast” is not in a bumblebee’s repertoire. Which means you are probably seeing a Hummingbird Moth. Hummingbird […]

Albino or leucistic hummingbirds are a rare treat

White Hummingbirds

White hummingbirds may look beautiful to us, but in nature, standing out and being different are not necessarily a good thing. Sometimes these birds are albinos, other times they only have white feathers on parts of their bodies. So what’s the deal with these hummingbirds, and why do they sometimes appear? Following is everything you […]

Here are 5 myths about hummingbird feeding

Top 5 Hummingbird Feeding Myths

What do hummingbirds really eat? Will they come to my garden if I don’t have any red flowers? Do I need to add food coloring to my feeder? Will they starve if my feeder runs dry? Don’t they have to eat all the time? Find the answers to these questions here as the Top 5 […]

Top 10 Books About Hummingbirds

Are hummingbirds visiting your garden? Do you know what kind they are? Where they nest? What they eat? If not, you need to fill your home library with one or more of these great books about hummingbirds. Try a handy identification guide, or a gardening how-to that will help attract them to your yard. Below are […]

Hummingbird Art and Gifts

Hummingbirds have always been a favored subject by artists the world over. These beautiful and colorful birds make any home or garden better when captured in a medium like glass, metal, or paint. Who can resist placing a hummingbird sculpture among their Purple Cone Flowers or hanging a hummingbird light catcher from the kitchen window? If […]

A tired bird trying out our hummingbird food recipe.

Hummingbird Activities for Kids

What kid doesn’t love a hummingbird? They’re small, cute, colorful, and infinitely entertaining to watch. If you’re looking for a hummingbird craft, consider making a simple feeder or creating a one-of-a-kind painting. Read a great hummingbird book to teach your children about these little birds or lead them in a fun craft project. If you need ideas, check […]

What are the best flowers to attract hummingbirds

The Best Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

A  sugar-water-filled feeder will surely bring hummingbirds to your yard, so why not invite the little birds to stay by planting a luscious array of their favorite flowering plants? Hummingbirds go for long, tubular blossoms, particularly those sporting hot colors like red, orange, yellow and bright pink, but they will also visit blue and purple flowers, particularly […]