The hummingbird has been a symbol of versatility and optimism. Since their wings beat at a rate of 12 beats per second it is the definition of chaos. While it’s capable of flying in all directions, even backwards, they symbolize ones ability to adapt and change direction despite the challenges thrown their way. These little guys can fly up to 2,000 miles to get to their destination; they define determination.
Since the hummingbird has such a long migration, its metabolic needs are very high. It will eat up to half its body weight in sugar a day. That’s why they are so attracted to the nectar provided in hummingbird feeders.
Hummingbirds use two senses to find food; their eyesight and their taste. It’s a known fact that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, hence why most feeders are red. However, the red dye in classic hummingbird nectar is actually harmful for these little guys. I make our own nectar here at home, and make sure to change it regularly.