May 4, 2020 | by: aprilzwicker

Hummingbirds Will Soon Return!

The humming birds are coming back to our province. Now let’s hope that the weather warms up, and stays mild for these delicate little birds!
Have you seen any hummingbirds around your yard yet? The ruby-throated hummingbird is the species most common to us here in Nova Scotia.

It’s a long journey back for little birds. Here’s a look at how hard they work:
During migration, a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute! Its wings flap 15 to 80 times per second. To support this high energy level, a hummingbird will typically gain 25-40% of their body weight before they start migration in order to make the long trek over land, and water.

If you’d like to hang some feeders to help feed these birds while we wait for flowers to bloom, no need to buy the food. Here’s a recipe to make your own safe hummingbird food:
Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved. Please DON’T add food coloring! You can store the extra sugar water in the fridge. Don’t forget to change your feeder on a regular basis, and clean it, so that mold won’t grow in it.

Enjoy watching these birds at your feeders this spring & summer!

Sources:
hummingbirdcentral.com
nationalzoo.si.edu