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Grow a Hummingbird Garden: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-167

Grow a Hummingbird Garden: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-167

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Grow a Hummingbird Garden: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-167

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53 pages
17 minutes
Dirilis:
Jan 4, 1997
ISBN:
9781603422994
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Buku

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Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Dirilis:
Jan 4, 1997
ISBN:
9781603422994
Format:
Buku

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Dale Evva Gelfand, author of Taking Time for Friends, is a freelance writer and photographer. A staunch believer in creating and preserving wildlife habitat, she has written other Storey titles that speak to her affinity for nature: Building Bat Houses, Grow a Hummingbird Garden, Creating Habitat for Backyard Birds, and Build a Bluebird Trail. She lives amid the Taconic hills of upstate New York.

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About Hummingbirds

If asked to name the most ethereal and captivating creature to be found on our planet, most of us would be hard pressed to top the hummingbird. Their minute size (some species weigh only a fraction of an ounce), their beauty (iridescent plumage courtesy of special structures in their feathers), their incredible aerobatic ability (hummingbirds can fly in any direction, including backward), their extraordinary appetites (hummingbirds eat half of their weight in sugar every day), even their aggression (hummingbirds are fierce protectors of their territory and nests) add up to a singularly fascinating family. A little planning of the design of and the plants in your garden is all it takes to make your yard the kind of environment that will readily attract these flying jewels.

A perfect hummingbird habitat is also a relatively simple one: food sources, water for bathing (liquid intake is generally provided by nectar), lookout perches, shade and shelter, and nesting sites and materials. You should be able to provide these requirements in even the smallest of gardens.

Food

Hummingbirds are extremely active creatures with an astonishing metabolic rate that requires high caloric intake of both nectar and insects — which means hundreds of food forays during their waking hours, primarily to flowers. Obviously those flowers that produce lots of nectar and also attract tiny insects are more beneficial, and therefore more appealing, to hummingbirds.

This attraction forms part of one of Nature’s many interdependent relationships: Hummingbirds, while stopping for a meal, act as inadvertent pollinators for the plants they rely upon. Depending on their particular shape, the deep-tubed blossoms that are most suitable to a hummingbird’s long tongue deliver pollen from the anthers — the male organs — onto hummingbirds’ heads or bills or chins, and when the nectar-sipping visitors go on to probe neighboring blossoms of the same variety, that pollen is delivered to the stigmas — the female organs — for fertilization. In fact, hummingbirds are some of the most essential bird pollinators for flora in North

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