It's always amazing to me how a hummingbird can cycle it's wings repeatedly without the body moving at all. As I've said in the past I plant flowers for the young hummingbirds. The adults prefer feeders and so will the juveniles once they figure them out. But until that time, the flowers are the greatest attraction to keep these young birds around your yard. I've also mentioned that adults don't like to stick their heads into deep flowers, as this doesn't allow them to see predators or other hummingbirds approaching. Here we have a young Ruby Throat feeding from a Vining Nasturtium. The pointed tail on these flowers contain multiple drops of nectar which make them a great choice for hummingbirds.
In the right soil these plants can reach 10 feet or more in many directions, and produce a multitude of flowers. Just avoid full sun as the leaves will yellow too soon and not produce as well. Quite drought tolerant. A must in any hummingbird garden. July 2014, N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta.
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