A buzz flits past your ear. Your head flicks around, trying to catch a glimpse of the source of the sound. A small flash of colour darts in-and-out of your peripheral vision, gone before you realized it was there.

Hummingbirds are one of nature’s most fantastical yet fleeting sights. Feeding these birds can help increase your chances of a sighting, but making sure the small, super-speed birds stay healthy requires care and following several simple steps.

Read David Bird’s bird column on how to set up your hummingbird feeder and the perfect mixture for sugar water in Canadian Wildlife magazine, Nov + Dec 2017.

Feature image by Debbie Opperman, a photo contest submission.

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