Hummingbirds- Tips for Attracting & Feeding
The easiest way to attract hummingbirds is to use a hummingbird feeder.
WHERE TO HANG A HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER – 4 IDEAS
Trying to find the best place to hang your new hummingbird feeder?
PORCH, DECK OR PATIO- if you have a covered porch, deck or patio you can simply use a little screw in utility hook to hang your feeder from.
BIRD FEEDER POLE- Using a bird feeder pole is a very common way to hang a hummingbird feeder.
HANG FROM A TREE- If you’re hanging your hummingbird feeder from a tree, choose a location that is out in the open and from a branch that allows you to hang the feeder at least 5 feet from the ground.
Here are 6 hummingbird feeder LOCATION tips to ensure you attract as many hummingbirds as possible!
1. SPOT WITH GREAT VIEW- First and foremost, you want to be able to see the hummingbirds at your feeder. With that in mind, walk around your house and look out the windows. Find a location that you can easily see from your window if at all possible, or even from your patio or deck.
2. A LITTLE PRIVACY PLEASE- don’t hang your hummingbird feeder right over a pathway. Try and give them their own little area away from the commotion where they can safely sip nectar. Avoid highly trafficked areas.
3. NEAR FLOWERS- To attract hummingbirds throughout the season, plant early and late blooming flowers. Trumpet shaped flowers are best such as fuschia, gladiolas, and petunias. Hang your feeders near these flowers to increase your chances of attracting hummingbirds.
4. PARTIAL SUN- Consider placing your feeder in partial sunlight so that it doesn’t get the worst of the days heat. This way your hummingbirds feel safe at the feeder location and the nectar doesn’t spoil as quickly.
5. IN THE OPEN- Hummingbirds need room to maneuver around the feeder, and dart back and forth between cover and the feeder. There’s a sweet spot that’s not too far away from cover and still a bit out in the open.
6. CONVENIENT TO REFILL- It’s also important to hang your feeder somewhere where it’s easy for you to maintain. Hummingbird feeders may require a little more maintenance than traditional bird feeders so make sure it’s easy to reach so you can clean and refill it often
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR-
Making your own nectar is really simple. All you need to do is add plain white sugar to water in a 1:4 ratio (1 cup sugar to 4 cups water). Being able to whip up a quick batch at home means you can refresh your feeders more often, keep the nectar cleaner and fresher, and you won’t run out leaving the hummingbirds confused why their supply is gone and potentially leaving your yard to find food elsewhere.
PLANT BRIGHT, NECTAR RICH FLOWERS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS
One of hummingbirds main food sources in the wild are nectar rich flowers. They are especially attracted to flowers that are red (as well as orange, pink and purple), and flowers with trumpet or tubular shaped blossoms. If you don’t put out a feeder, this can be a great way to still attract hummingbirds to your yard and garden. Even if you do use a hummingbird feeder, additional plants can add great variety. Some great plant choices for hummingbirds are beebalm, trumpet honeysuckle, cardinal flower, cigar flower, petunias, columbine, fuchsia, bleeding hearts, clematis and salvia.
Now that you know how to attract hummingbirds to your yard, get out there and hang a hummingbird feeder. I was hooked after the first year I put out a feeder and have never missed a year since.