The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a welcome
summer visitor to backyards across most of southern Canada. One of our smallest birds,
the hummingbird weighs less than a nickel but has been known to eat 14 times its own
weight in one day! Its tiny nest made of cobwebs and lichen is about the size of a twonie and
it’s made to look like a tree knot! This amazing little bird is truly unique because it can
fly up, down, backwards and it can hover, with wing beats of up to 75 per second: faster
than your eye can see! To attract these colourful little birds to your backyard, plant a garden!
The hummingbirds will feed on the flower nectar and the insects… and that’s just a start!
To find out more about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and other wildlife, visit hww.ca