The ruby-throathed hummingbird is one of the most numerous and widespread of the North American species. This hummer is the only one to nest east of the Mississippi.
To attract these flying jewels....plant flowers such as bee balm, sages, zinnia, columbine, coral bells, cardinal flower and jewelweed.
Maintaining a hummingbird feeder will increase your chances of being able to enjoy this small bird. Please don't waste your money on buying pre-paid solutions or mixers. Just mix 1/4 surgar into 1 cup water until it desolves for a solution that is healthier for our hummers. Feeders have bright colors (red is best) to attract them so there is no need to add red coloring to the solution. Some experts say the red solutions are harmful!
It is important to maintain a clean feeder. Mold or an invasion of ants could sicken a hummingbird. I use an old toothbrush and vinagar/water solution to clean the feeder and the ports. Be sure to rinse well before filling. Ant moats above the feeder willhelp keep ants out. A little cotten tied and sprayed with Skin-So-Soft positioned above the feeder will also stop ants.
The meaning and omens of hummingbird per Animal Speak by Ted Andrews: "This little bird reminds us to find joy in what we do and to sing it out."
Peace and Happy Birding!