Help the Hummingbirds, Be Sure to Do This When Gardening
If you're a fan of hummingbirds and have a yard, read on. Hummingbirds, the dainty, delightful birds so many of us love, need a little help from their human friends, as a recent article from APost reminded us.
Hummingbirds are indeed busy creatures — they eat every 15 minutes and their wings average an impressive 50 beats per second (don't match us against one on the treadmill) — but we sometimes inadvertently put their nests at risk when we're doing garden upkeep.
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To make sure you're helping out these beautiful creatures safe when they venture into your yard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shared a viral post on Facebook two years ago that has since racked up 36,000 likes and 280,000 shares. "Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring," the post reads, accompanying a photo taken by Kelly Campbell and links to more information.
If you do find a nest, do not disturb it and brace yourself for some of these beautiful birds hatching on your home turf. Now that you're on the lookout for these eggs, here are 50 golden tips of gardening from our Grumpy Gardener columnist to get you in the spring spirit.