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Hummingbirds in Missouri

Hummingbirds can zip through the fragrant flowers in your garden at almost 30 miles per hour. Look quickly or you may miss the hummingbirds that are attracted to your garden.

Do hummingbirds hum? : fascinating answers to questions about hummingbirds
George C. West and Carol A. Butler.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010.
The smallest birds in the world, hummingbirds fascinate anyone who has seen one. Using a question and answer format, this book gives general readers a good grounding in hummingbird biology and behavior, as well as offering tips for identifying, observing, and photographing these beautiful birds. Suitable for reading all the way through, or for just dipping into one or two topics at a time, this lively book will appeal to bird lovers and to anyone who wants to know more about those tiny birds zipping about in their yard. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The complete book of hummingbirds
Tony Tilford.
San Diego, Calif. : Thunder Bay Press, [2008?]
Hummingbird plumage comes in all colors—emerald, ruby, sapphire, azure, garnet, and topaz—no wonder they’re often called “jewels in flight.” Discover these remarkable little birds inThe Complete Book of Hummingbirdsby avian expert Tony Tilford. This ultimate reference guide to hummingbirds features a comprehensive overview of the birds’ biology, evolution, behavior, breeding, and migration patterns. You’ll be awestruck by the amazing collection of full-color photographs depicting hummingbirds in flight and at rest in the Gallery of Hummingbirds. Discover the kinds of plants and flowers hummingbirds love to visit and how to create artificial feeding stations by making your own hummingbird food. From Woodnymphs and Mountain-Gems to Plovercrests and Hillstars, this thorough book describes all of the hummingbirds of the world and also includes a helpful reference section, complete with a glossary, recommended websites, and further reading.
     
Flight of the hummingbird : a parable for the environment
[artwork by] Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas ; with [essays by] Wangari Maathai and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone, c2008.
This simple yet moving parable eloquently expresses the power of taking small steps to achieve a big goal. With origins among the Quechan people of South America and the Haida of the North Pacific, this story has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists throughout the world.
     
Hummingbird gardens : turning your yard into hummingbird heaven
Stephen W. Kress, guest editor ; Steve Buchanan, illustrator.
Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2007.
Add vibrant color to your small piece of the planet-and help ensure a brighter future for North America's tiniest birds. Hummingbirds enliven your garden with their glittering colors and bold, inquisitive personalities, as they dash from one tempting bloom to the next. This book shows you how to attract hummingbirds to your yard by planting the flowers they love. Like all Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbooks, it features organic and sustainable gardening practices.
     

Nectar-producing plants attract hummingbirds. Try to select native plants for your garden. These plants will be already familiar with the hummingbirds in your neighborhood. Exotic flowering plants are  like strangers to native hummingbirds

Missouri  Plants That
Attract Hummingbirds

Aster
Cardinal flower
Fire pink
Jewelweed
Milkweed
Pearly everlasting
Purple coneflower
Royal catchfly
Trumpet creeper
Wild bergamot
Native honeysuckles

Select orange and pink flowers to draw hummingbirds closer. They find white and yellow flowers less attractive. Also, plant in clusters, so that there will be an ample source of nectar. As well, select plants that have different flowering times of the year. By having continual flowering plants available, hummingbirds will have a year-round food source of nectar. Try to minimize any use of pesticides

One trick to entice hummingbirds to your feeder is to have a red feeder. Prepare a batch of sugar water by mixing one-part granulated white sugar to four parts water, then boil the solution for a few minutes. Let it cool down. Then add some red food coloring to the sugar water. The hummingbirds will love you for this and be encouraged to the same spot (your garden)! Do not forget to change the water weekly, or more often if it becomes cloudy.

The best time to put our feeders in Missouri is around April 25 when ruby-throat hummingbirds are returning to Missouri. If they get accustomed to being fed as soon as they arrive, there is less of a chance for them to leave.

Sometimes it takes several weeks for hummingbirds to find your garden. Be patient and you likely will be rewarded with hours of enjoyable observation of these unique birds.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff