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To Feed A Hummingbird…

You will need a little bit of patience, and not to forget, rock-steady hands.

According to Wikipedia, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds measure only 7-9 cm in length, and weigh 2-6 g. These delicate creatures are the only species of hummingbirds that regularly nest east of the Mississippi River in North America.

Russ Thompson, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, was able to entice the male of a family of migrating hummingbirds to eat out of the palm of his hand.

This was one of the amazing videos he took during feeding sessions.

More videos and photographs here.

3 thoughts on “To Feed A Hummingbird…

  1. Here are some tips on how to hand feed a hummingbird. I hope that your readers will find them useful. Happy hummingbird watching everyone!

    1. The hummingbirds must become used to your yard and the best way to achieve this is to offer them multiple sugar-water feeders.
    2. As the number of hummingbirds visiting your feeders increases, you must start spending time outside in order to get the birds used to your presence. This will take some time and in the beginning presence may drive the birds away. You must be patient and persistent. Eventually, the birds will come back.
    3. Once the birds are used to your presence there, you can hold a sugar-water feeder in your hand. Over time, the birds should eventually begin feeding from the feeder you are holding.
    4. On a day where you have a great deal of hummingbirds visiting your feeders, you will want to remove all but one of your hummingbird feeders. Next, you will want to place a small container filled with sugar-water in the palm of your hand. For example, use an old milk jug lid.
    5. Now comes the hard part, you must sit outside and wait. This takes time and patience. You will want to choose a day when you have a large number of hummingbirds visiting your yard and you will want to remove all other food sources, because this will improve your chances of success.

  2. Here are some tips on how to hand feed a hummingbird. I hope that your readers will find them useful. Happy hummingbird watching everyone!1. The hummingbirds must become used to your yard and the best way to achieve this is to offer them multiple sugar-water feeders.2. As the number of hummingbirds visiting your feeders increases, you must start spending time outside in order to get the birds used to your presence. This will take some time and in the beginning presence may drive the birds away. You must be patient and persistent. Eventually, the birds will come back.3. Once the birds are used to your presence there, you can hold a sugar-water feeder in your hand. Over time, the birds should eventually begin feeding from the feeder you are holding.4. On a day where you have a great deal of hummingbirds visiting your feeders, you will want to remove all but one of your hummingbird feeders. Next, you will want to place a small container filled with sugar-water in the palm of your hand. For example, use an old milk jug lid.5. Now comes the hard part, you must sit outside and wait. This takes time and patience. You will want to choose a day when you have a large number of hummingbirds visiting your yard and you will want to remove all other food sources, because this will improve your chances of success.

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