If you live where there are hummingbirds and you have fuchsias, honeysuckle, hibiscus, or other nectar producers, you probably have hummingbirds in your yard. If you don’t, you can attract hummingbirds to a feeder. Fill the feeder with one part sugar and four parts water. Change the solution every few days. Never use red food dyes, and never use honey instead of sugar, because honey can cause fungal infections that damage the hummingbird’s very special tongue. What is special about its tongue, you may ask? The front half of a hummingbird’s tongue is split and has fringed edges. The fringed area helps the hummingbird capture insects and soak up nectar during rapid licking. Once your feeder is in place, you’ll be making interesting observations about hummingbirds for yourself!

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