Friday, September 18, 2009

Hummers, beware!

Every other day or so, I walk around the Wildscape and round up the hummingbird feeders so I can rinse and refill them. Today, though, I didn't bother this feeder....

Get a load of this sneaky praying mantis! After I went back outside with my camera, I had a heck of a time trying to shoot him. I'd aim my camera at him, then he'd scoot to the feeder's other side, out of my range. We played that game awhile until I finally got a few good pictures.


Guess I'll go see if he's gone so I can refill that feeder.....

3 comments:

Elephant's Eye said...

Do you feed your hummers sugar water? If you do, isn't it like feeding them junk food? Has anybody studied the effects on the birds?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Yes, we provide sugar water. I use the ratio of one:four with NO red food coloring added. I also change the water every other day so it's always fresh (that's what I worry about....other people leaving their sugar water up way too long). As far as I know, the birds are fine. They also dine on nectar from flowers in bloom and tiny insects (for protein).

Scott & Liz said...

Good question, EE. and Sheryl seems to be right on the money with not useing food dye. Google the question and you will find lots of info. Nic epix, Sheryl, mantis are few and far between here in the Keys.
Scott

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