Birding hummingbird eating watermelon

Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better

Watermelons For Hummingbirds?



It’s a running joke around here.  Hummingbirds flew off with my watermelon!  This is after some unsuspecting melon eater left some of their harvest unattended and had it stolen.  Good watermelon will do that to you.  Usually a hummingbird is not the culprit but don’t laugh, they do like to eat watermelon.

Really, they do.

In fact the sweet, succulent melon is a favorite of hummers and butterflies too.

You can save most of the feast for yourself but if you have a bit of rind left, be sure to leave this outside where your hummingbirds frequent.  It won’t take them long to find it and you’ll likely be as amazed as we were that they simply love the stuff.  It has everything they  need really.  Plenty of natural sugars, high moisture content, and a great taste too!

Late summer and early fall is a great time to leave food sources out for hummingbirds.  This includes nectar feeders with sugar water, melons, and so forth.  For those of us in northern climates the birds will be leaving soon for some southern comfort and it’s a long journey for such a little bird.  Be sure to help them stock up on good food and energy for a successful flight.

For some cool photos of these melon thieves be sure to visit this page.



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