Claremont Insider: April Quintet

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April Quintet

A reader wrote in to ask if anyone else had noticed a bumper crop of hummingbirds this year. The reader sent along some photos and a link to some useful information from the Pomona Valley Audubon about the birds with tips for planting a hummingbird garden:

Hummingbirds are attracted to bright red or orange, tubular flowers. While the tubular shape compliments [sic] their bills, they also feed on other types of flowers, as well as other plants that may contain the insects that satisfy their fat and protein needs. They also have very fast metabolisms, and accordingly, need to feed continually during daylight hours. At night, they store food in their crops. While in the winter, or during cold weather, they can lower their metabolisms, and enter a temporary state of dormancy.

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