Feeders & Feeding #1

(Also see the pages about Hummingbird Feeders.)

The questions below come in part from visitors who leave messages on the Operation RubyThroat website. Please send your own questions to QUESTIONS, or post them on the Guestbook page.

1. When should I put my hummingbird feeders up in Spring?

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2. I've heard conflicting stories about red food coloring in hummingbird feeders. Will it hurt them or not?

3. I have other birds visiting my hummingbird feeders. Is this unusual?

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Hummingbirds--and other birds--are not the only creatures that visit sugar water feeders. In 1999, this adult male Carolina Anole (Anolis carolinensis) made daily trips to a hummingbird feeder at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, lapping up the artificial nectar; he undoubtedly munched on insects that also were attracted to this super-rich food source.

4. Is it possible to estimate how many hummingbirds I have at my feeders?

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