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There's no doubt about it. Most species of hummingbirds love what many of us have done with backyards. Even without any special planning or forethought, many of the brightly flowering plants that we love to have in abundance serve the tiny, feathered "helicopters" equally well.
Whether those flowers -- particularly red and orange ones -- appear on our highly manicured ornamental plants, in our flower gardens, or as part of specially designed backyard habitats for hummingbirds and/or other wild creatures, they have become meccas for the nectar-sipping birds. Such places quickly become part of a hummingbird's daily rounds, possibly warranting more than a single visit each day.
Our gardens, intentionally or otherwise, have become part of the forefront in hummingbird conservation. And these tiny birds, like so many wildlife species, need all the help they can find.
We're far removed from those days in the mid-1800s when hundreds of thousands of hummingbirds were killed and exported to Europe for use in specimen collections, ornamentation on ladies' hats and similar applications. But we've come up with even more dangerous threats in the pesticides, herbicides and all the other "cides" that we apply to our properties in the name of green lawns.
If you're thinking about attracting hummingbirds to your backyard, your first step -- the kindest, most caring thing you can do -- is to cease using all chemicals. Be assured, nearly all those pesticides and herbicides are quite deadly to your little visitors.
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This book taught me that hummers prefer the birdbath even more shallow then regular birds.
I am not sure exactly how he surveyed their opinions, but the book is very informative and is my go-to book for plant selection.
That said, there was some good basic information in this book, and it's a good jumping off point.
I enjoyed this little book on creating a hummingbird garden. It has some good ideas as to how to arrange your plants into a garden that is attractive to people and to hummers. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael L. Sherrard
if the birds are in your area. this book tells you the plants and flowers to grow to attract them---good bookPublished on April 19, 2010 by Fred Stephen
Book arrived quickly and in excellent shape for a used book. Very happy with product and service.Published on February 1, 2010 by L. Hilyard
A great book that I will use this winter as I look forward to planting my flower garden in the spring!Published on September 22, 2009 by St. Nik
This book came promptly and was in fair condition as stated.
Ruth Glenn Little
Nicely done book on how to set up and make your yard and gardens ripe for bringing
hummies to your house and gardens. Read more