Hand Feeding Hummingbirds

By: Randy Yohe
By: Randy Yohe

Just one species of hummingbird nests in Ohio and that's the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. But the Rufus Hummingbird does occasionally pass through West Virginia and Ohio during Autumn migration. What ever the species, people love these little birds. There is one very special spot where people and hummingbirds get very personal.

They keep several hummingbird feeders around the Lake Hope State Park Nature Center.

Dave Sapienza tells us, “We’ve seen 30 at a time after a thunderstorm.”

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm - and Friday at 7pm they take those feeders in and give guests a tube of sugar water with an attractive red pipe cleaner attached and it's hummingbird hand feeding time.

Dave Sapienza “People love hummingbirds. Do a little advertising and they flock in from miles around.”

Joe Stehlick got lucky he brought his family in from northern Ohio to feed the hummingbirds.

Joe Stehlick says, “It was cool, it came really close I could feel the wind from it's wings on my hand.”

It's amazing how still and quiet everyone stays. Sometimes it takes a half hour to get a bird to your hand feeder but seeing these flying dynamos up close and personal is worth the wait.

In the fall these hummingbirds will migrate all the way to South America but they come back to their birthplace, where they can find hand fed nectar.

For the young, patient Rocco Huston, a hummingbird in the hand was well worth two in the bush.

That's all the buzz at Lake Hope State Park, hand feeding hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds drink nectar by "lapping" it up with their tongue. They do not use their beaks like straws and the most important thing about feeding hummingbirds. Change the sugar water in the feeder every day, go no longer than two days or the water will spoil and the hummingbirds won't come back.

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