Here are two good ways to get a close look at these beautiful birds:
Plant their favorite food. Ask at a garden center for nectar-filled flowers that grow well where you live. Fill a flower pot, window box, or garden patch with them.
Hang a hummingbird feeder. To make “nectar,” mix ¼ cup of white sugar and 1 cup of water. Every few days, empty the feeder, rinse it out, and fill it with fresh nectar.
Now watch your hummers zip, dart, and hover. Listen for buzzing wings that beat so fast they’re a blur. Maybe you’ll even glimpse a tongue slurping nectar the way a hummer does everything—at lightning speed!