hummingbirds is a very enjoyable way to observe the smallest
of all birds. Tiny as they are, their energy requirements
are huge. They are thought to reach speeds of around 50
mph... but to do so, they must consume roughly 50% of
their body weight in nectar every day!
hummingbird's diet includes insects (for protein and fat),
as well as nectar produced by tubular flowers. You may
be surprised to learn that hummingbirds are not instinctively
attracted to the color red. But they learn, while feeding,
that red tubular flowers contain more nectar than other
colored flowers. Nectar is found in tubular flowers, most
that are not red, and hummingbirds do feed from those
you create your hummingbird nectar, no red food coloring
is necessary. It may even be harmful to their health.
Just make sure to have red markings somewhere on the feeder
(most already do) and this will be enough to attract the
birds to your homemade nectar.