Would you like to attract hummingbirds? Do you know how to attract them to your home? Read on....
How To Attract Hummingbirds
You can attract a variety of hummingbirds to your home even if you live in the middle of the city and even if you've never had any luck getting them to come in the past.
By trying one or more of these tips, you should begin to see hummingbirds around your yard soon.
Attract Hummingbirds - Plant A Hummingbird Garden:
One good way to attract them is by planting a hummingbird garden.In addition to providing a natural diet for them, a hummingbird garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your feeder since hummingbirds feed by sight and on regularly followed routes.This is called traplining. Their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food.
Hummingbirds, like most birds, have virtually no sense of smell. The flowers that attract them tend to have little or no fragrance, apparently directing their resources instead toward high visibility and nectar production.
Some plants to consider that will attract these beautiful birds, include:
- Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
- Cape Honeysuckle
- Red Buckeye
- Coral Honeysuckle
- Cypress Vine
- Morning Glory
- Trumpet Creeper
- Bee Balm (Monarda)
- Cardinal Flower
- Coral Bells
- Four O'Clocks
- Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
- Shrimp Plant
Note: none of these need to be red in color although the color red is attractive to hummingbirds. If you’re in doubt as to whether any of these will flourish in your area, check with your local nursery.
Do not use any pesticides in your hummingbird garden; the insects that you would kill off serve as a good source of protein for hummingbirds. Pesticides can sicken or kill the birds.
Attract Hummingbirds - Set up Hummingbird Feeders to attract hummingbirds:
If you use a feeder and make your own nectar, a few words of caution.
- never use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummingbirds mouth.
- artificial sweeteners have no food value. DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to yourhummingbirds. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough.
- your hummingbird feeder needs to be cleaned with every filling
- nectar should be changed every 3-4 days. Even more often in hot weather.
If you see black spots inside your feeder this is mold and you will need to scrub it out with a good bottle brush. If you can't reach it with a bottle brush, you can add some sand with water and shake the feeder to remove the mold.
- you should never use harsh detergent to clean your feeder.
- rinse the feeder with hot water each time you change the nectar. If you do this on a regular basis you shouldn't have a problem with mold.
- don't fill the feeder more than half full; they won't be able to drink it all before it will need to be changed.
It seems the hummingbird feeders available for purchase these days have red on them, but if you are in doubt that there is enough red, try tying a red ribbon on the feeder.
Another way to attract hummingbirds to your feeder is to place it among flowers that hummingbirds like, or hang a basket of flowers nearby. You will find that feeder activity slows as more flowers bloom in your yard. Hummingbirds prefer natural nectar over what we give them in our feeders. You will see them at your feeders more often as the blooms start to diminish.If you live in the Eastern part of the United States, you’ll find you only have one type of hummingbird that will visit during the summer - the ruby throated hummingbird. They are very territorial and defend flowers and feeders within their favorite spot.
If you want to attract more than one hummingbird, try putting up two or three feeders out of sight from each other.
You can attract hummingbirds to your home even if you live in the middle of the city and even if you've never had any luck getting them to come in the past.
By trying one or more of these tips, you should begin to attract hummingbirds to your yard soon.