How to attract hummingbirds in Minnesota

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are a joy to watch. These tiny birds burn up so much energy they’re forced to eat almost constantly, and keep right on feeding into twilight after most birds have begun roosting for the night.

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tn4leeJul. 5, 1311:57 AM

We enjoy Anna's and Rufous hummer's in our Puget Sound neighborhood. We started feeding them three summer's ago and have planted some vegetation, such as Honeysuckle, especially for them. We've received great pleasure from observing them and they seem to reciprocate by being active when we dine on our patio. It is not uncommon for a hummer or two to follow me and our three Labs when we go outdoors for the dogs' routine business. It is advisable to do a bit of research about preparing nectar for them...proper water/sugar ratios, heat to an approaching boil prior to use, etc. Additionally, feeders should be washed and cleaned regularly, perhaps as often as once/week during hot weather, to prevent mold and other stuff. Simple feeders are inexpensive and work as well as blown glass specialty feeders. They are really fun and attractive birds that offer viewing pleasure as well.

myob_STJul. 5, 13 1:35 PM

I once saw two hummingbirds crash into our porch window and fall, unmoving, to the ground. I rushed out and, after I saw they were still breathing, picked them up (I told myself it was to keep them safe from predators) and held them both in the palm of my hand. I petted their heads very gently until both of them start nuzzling into my fingers! After another few seconds, the first shot up out of my hand and flew away. The second one launched, got to my head-height and turned to look at me for a moment, then he, too, zoomed away. One of the most incredible moments of my life!

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