Georgia Magazine - August 2020 - 27

By Helen Newling Lawson

Attracting hummingbirds

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GEORGIA Gardens

Tips for enticing these tiny
dynamos to visit your yard

Fill a feeder
A hummingbird feeder makes it easy to enjoy
these birds' antics. But it is essential to replace the
syrup in your feeder at least twice weekly and clean

'The Poet's Wife'

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W

ith a blur of fluttering wings, colorful
hummingbirds let you know they have
arrived in the garden. Luckily, if you enjoy the thrill of spotting a ruby-throat, Georgia's most
common hummingbird, they are easy to attract.
The way to their hearts is through their stomachs; those busy little bodies need lots of fuel. The
numbers are astounding: A hummingbird needs to
feed about every 10 minutes-or six meals per hour.
Each day, they consume 50 percent of their body
weight in nectar.
With an appetite like that, they cannot afford to
pass by a ready food source, but it is also important
that you are prepared to keep up with their demands.

Top: Hummingbirds build their nests by weaving together plant fibers, leaves and
twigs, using spider silk to bind it all in place. The spider silk allows the nest to expand as the chicks grow. Above: This feeder mimics the trumpet-shaped flowers
that are perfectly suited to hummingbirds' long beaks.

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