Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

These are the only birds that can fly backwards and hover like insects. When they fly into the feeder, the buzz of their wings is fairly loud, like a HUGE bumblebee. If they are stressed or crabbing at another bird, the sound is tiny little squeaks. When I first heard it I thought there was a rodent around!

One of their preferred foods are spiders, but unfortunately, hummingbirds can get trapped in the web and eaten. I suppose this would have to happen occasionally since the hummingbird is searching for spiders. It’s an eat or be eaten world! Our hummies come around the nectar feeder more often at dusk; I’ve since learned this is the case for most hummies. They need this additional boost to get thru the night.

There are lots of hummingbird organizations doing great work on behalf of these little birds:

Hummingbird Monitoring Network is a science-based, project-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird diversity and abundance throughout the Americas.

The Hummingbird Society was founded by 1996 with the goals of teaching about hummingbirds and working to prevent their extinction.

Hummingbirds.net is a place to learn about attracting, watching, feeding, and studying the hummingbirds that breed in North America.)