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And that doesn’t include the flowers from all the other hummingbird plants in the immediate vicinity. No wonder there were usually two or three hummingbirds hanging around the Chinese lantern bushes every time I visited that corner site. Once you get your hummingbird garden going, you will discover that hummingbirds undergo all of the usual functions of any other bird. They’re just so small that you usually don’t notice all of their intricate activities unless you are looking at them through a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens or unless they’re within a few feet of you.

When this happens, the two birds (one following closely behind the other and chipping wildly) may buzz by, within a few feet or even inches of your head at twenty-five to thirty miles an hour, disappearing over the nearest hedge. A few moments later, the victorious male will return and treat himself to his much-deserved nectar from his favorite plant; or, if it’s a female that did the chasing, she may return to make sure that her nesting area is okay, and then she may reward herself right away with some nectar from her favorite flowers.

You, too, can achieve the familiarity that Frank Bené had with the hummingbirds in his garden, by simply following a few of the first steps in planning a hummingbird garden. Black-chinned Hummingbird at feeder To start off, it is a good idea to become familiar with the plants that are the most successful at attracting hummingbirds in your area—even within a few blocks of where you live. If you take a walk around your neighborhood, you may notice hummingbirds using certain flowers for food. By making a note of which flowers the hummingbirds favor the most, you’ll have a good head start toward attracting them into your yard by using the very same plants.

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