Is there anything more entertaining than watching the aerobatic antics of hummingbirds?
Whether they’re visiting for a sip of sugar water at the feeder, zooming through the garden (where you’ll often hear their whirring wings before you see them), or engaging in an aggressive chase with a rival, hummingbirds provide hours of enjoyment. (Who needs Netflix when you can watch your own nature show in the backyard?!)
These tiny birds, though, have voracious appetites: one hummingbird visits an average of 1,000 flowers each day in search of nectar. But they’re also beneficial garden guests, feasting on tiny insects, like gnats and aphids, to satisfy their need for protein. So, while you enjoy their aerial displays, the garden also reaps the rewards of their visits.
To entice hummingbirds to join you in the garden, add their favorite plants, along with a water source, and soon you’ll be ducking these speedy visitors while you work in the garden.