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Hummingbird Feeding Tips From Wildlife Fans


A ranger has become a TikTok wildlife star after revealing how interacting with hummingbirds can boost people’s moods.

James Manzolillo, 34 – known as HumDaddy to fans – has more than 720,000 TikTok followers thanks to his tips on how to feed and care for the tiny nectar-eating birds.

James – from Oakland, California – first started noticing the birds when he suffered from depression after his grandmother died and his aunt left him ‘in a really low place’.

But one day, a hummingbird flew up to him as he sat on his balcony and reminded him “that I could still feel happiness, that I was still alive.”

Now, James creates elaborate costumes and props to interact with the tiny hummingbirds in his neighborhood.

He told Newsflash: “I’ve always loved animals since I was little. I would cut pictures of wild animals out of nature magazines and play with them for hours.

“I have also worked as an animal rehabilitation technician, helping injured or orphaned animals get a second chance at life.

“I am now a Park Ranger where I can be a conservationist every day.

“What I love most about hummingbirds is how bold and brave they can be despite their very small size.

“They inspire me to be bold in life and not be afraid.

“Being yourself despite the setbacks you may face, like being a very small hummingbird but still having a larger than life personality.”

He added: “Hummingbirds eat flower nectar which can be imitated by mixing four cups of water with one cup of white granulated sugar. It must only be white granulated sugar! They eat twice their weight body in nectar every day. They can also eat more than 1,000 insects a day.”

James Manzolillo, 34, also known as HumDaddy, who lives in Oakland, US, feeds a hummingbird in an unusual way.
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James told Newsflash: “Hummingbirds are seen year round in the area where I live so I can feed them every day.

“Other parts of North America only get hummingbirds in the spring and summer.”

Following a series of viral videos on TikTok, James said, “It’s all been a surprise and a great honour.

“The fact that I owe everything to the hummingbirds doesn’t escape me. They are the real stars of the show.

“I’m so happy and blessed that they gave me a way to be myself and lean into a craft that I find so much fun doing.

“Coming up with new, innovative ways to feed the birds is a blast and has been such a pleasure.

“I would like people to know that nature can be incredibly healing. If you ever seek free therapy, go out into nature. We must protect it at all costs.”

James told Newsflash: “A lot of times people criticize me for ‘having too much free time.’ I’d like to normalize the use of our free time to do something productive for our own mental health and betterment.

“Instead of playing video games for hours or going out to bars on weekends, I choose to use my free time to create fun new ways to interact with nature.

“I would like people to know that it’s okay to be different and use your time as you see fit.

“I turned this hobby into a side hustle selling hummingbird feeders and earning extra income doing something I love. And in the process, I found myself.”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.


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