How To Attract Hummingbirds

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If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden you want to plant a number of nectar producing plants.  The plants should come into bloom at various times throughout the season to provide a steady supply of food for the hummingbird..

It is commonly thought that hummingbirds will be attracted to red plants.  More important then a plant being red is the plant must have nectar for the hummingbird to eat.  There are numerous plants and flowers that will attract the hummingbird and keep it content to feed in  your yard,  Among those plants which will attract hummingbirds are azalea, butterfly bush, flowing quince, weigela, fuchsia, morning glory, honeysuckle, hosta, petunia and many more.

Hummingbirds also like to feast on small insects.  You do not want to use any pesticides near the hummingbird plants.  The hummingbird may ingest the pesticide when they eat from the plant or eat the insect and the bird may become ill or even die.

You may want to place one or more feeders in your yard for the hummingbirds.  These birds are territorial so it is best if feeders are placed away from each other.  Most commercial hummingbird feeders have some red on them to attract the birds.  You can always add some red ribbon or tape to the feeder if  you want more color.

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Bees and ants are attracted to the nectar in the hummingbird feeder so this can be a problem.  You can purchase feeders with guards against bees and/or ants or you can add these guards to an existing feeder.

The hummingbird may splash some of the nectar on the outside of the feeder and this will attract bees so you may want to wipe off the feeder after the hummingbird has eaten.

You can purchase mixes to use in your hummingbird feeder or you can make your own.  If you are making nectar for the feeder use 1 part sugar to 4 parts boiling water.  Cool the nectar and refrigerate.  Never put food coloring in the nectar as this may harm the bird.

Be sure to change the food in the hummingbird feeder every 3 or 4 days.  Empty the feeder and rinse with hot water.  Do not use detergent in the feeder.

Do not be too concerned if the hummingbird is not using the feeder since they prefer to eat from the plants if they are available.  Hummingbirds are always on the quest for food.

Hummingbirds like some moving water such as fountains, waterfalls or sprinklers.  They like to fly through the moving water to bathe and cool off.

Hummingbirds will not use your birdhouses.  They prefer to make their own nests.  Hummingbirds do like to have places to sit and preen and keep watch over their territory.  A clothesline or wire or leaves or twigs will give the hummingbird a place to perch.

If he feels comfortable in your yard the hummingbird may make it his home until it is time for him to leave when the season changes.