Tried and true methods of how to attract hummingbirds to your yard
- The three best ways of how to attract hummingbirds into
Hummingbirds will be flying to your
yard to visit your feeders, flowers and water!
They have a very fast
metabolism. Their hearts beat from 500 to 1200 times a minute.
In order to feed their little bodies
they eat about every 10 to 15 minutes. They consume half their body weight in
food every day.
They may visit 1,000 to 2,000
flowers a day to satisfy their appetite.
The amazing Rufous hummingbird in
the photo migrates around 2,000 miles. Such a long flight for such a tiny bird.
big are hummingbirds?
The smallest bird in the world is a
The bee hummingbird from Cuba is
only 2 inches. They weigh from a half to three-quarters of an ounce.
They are amazing birds!
The largest hummingbird is the Giant
Hummingbird that lives in South America. It is giant for a hummingbird at 8
inches in size.
15 types of hummingbirds that visit
how to attract hummingbirds to your yard
Hummingbirds consume so much food
every day. This is our clue for getting them to visit our yards.
- Something for them to eat is the best way to attract
hummingbirds. We provide them food in our hummingbird feeders.
- We can also provide hummingbird plants, flowers and a
- We can also attract hummingbirds with water.
Feeding hummingbirds is the best way
of attracting hummingbirds to our yards.
They are voracious eaters. It's a
joy seeing these tiny creatures coming to our porch, windows and our gardens.
How to attract hummingbirds.
- Yes, it's true - hummingbirds are attracted by red.
Consequently hummingbird feeders are
made with red parts.
- Bright red or orange will get the attention of passing
hummingbirds. They will come in to investigate the bright colors.
So one way to get a hummer's
attention is to tie bright orange-red surveyor's tape to trees or shrubs near
your hummingbird feeders and flowers. Your local building supply will normally
carry this bright colored tape.
Or there are red plastic flags used
to flag a long load of lumber. You may be able to get some red flags from them.
Place them out in your yard on a fence, tree or shrub until the hummingbirds
get used to coming to your feeders.
do hummingbirds eat?
- Hummingbirds eat flower nectar. Flower nectar is
approximately twenty-five percent sugar. This is nature's recipe for our
- The hummers are mainly going for nectar, but they also
hummingbirds eat bugs?
- Hummingbirds also eat small
insects and spiders.
The insects and spiders add protein to the hummer's diet. Hummingbirds are
adept at catching flying insects in mid-air. They also forage on plants
and tree bark for insects.
Mother hummingbirds feed their
babies regurgitated insects and spiders mixed with flower nectar. The babies
grow on this protein mix for about three weeks and then they take off on their
Hummingbird feeders should have bee guards.
Definitely get feeders that have red on them! They are
great for attracting hummingbirds.
- Make sure the feeder has bee guards.
- Also, look for feeders with perches, so the hummer can
sit down to eat.
Select feeders that will be easy to
take apart and clean.
A small feeder is fine to start out.
Place the hummingbird feeders where they can be seen out a window. Or viewed from a deck or patio. We will
want to enjoy the feeding hummingbirds.
A special treat are feeders that
will attach to a window with suction cups.
Can we make homemade hummingbird nectar?
- Yes, we can make homemade hummingbird nectar. It is less
expensive and it doesn't have red dye in it.
Don't take a chance on harming our
hummingbirds with dyes. Make their food without red coloring.
What do we use to sweeten the nectar?
Sweeten the nectar with white sugar. Do not use brown sugar.
Absolutely, do not use artificial sweeteners or honey to make the
hummingbirds food. Honey feeds a bacteria that can cause the death of
What is the hummingbird
4 parts water: 1 part white sugar (do not use brown sugar)
- Use very hot or boiling water to
dissolve the sugar.
- Cool the food before putting in the
- Extra food may be stored in the
often do we fill the feeders?
- It is best to refill the feeder before they go empty.
Empty feeders are not good at attracting hummingbirds.
We want the hummingbirds eating in
our yard. We don't want them to go in search of new food sources.
- Put fresh food in the feeder once a week in moderate
weather. In hot weather you may have to fill them twice a week.
Should the hummingbird food be clear or cloudy?
- If the food starts to get cloudy, it needs fresh food
in a hurry!
Don't let the food get cloudy
or the feeders grow mold, it could cause the hummingbirds to sicken and die. We
don't feed our children spoiled food.
How do we clean the hummingbird feeders?
Clean the feeders with hot water and a dilute vinegar
and water mixture.
Use a bottle brush to clean the feeder inside and out.
A small brush will clean out the openings.
should we hang a hummingbird feeder?
- If at all possible, place the feeder in the shade. The food
will stay cooler and last longer, than in the hot sun.
Good wisdom for attracting
hummingbirds is to place the feeder near the flowers your hummingbirds are
visiting. Or near areas where you see them perching.
#2 Provide plants and flowers for the hummers
We want the hummingbirds to feel
safe and comfortable in our yards. How do we do that?
Flowers give the hummingbirds their
natural food. And our trees and shrubs give them places to perch and nest.
how to attract hummingbirds with flowers
- Hummingbirds like tubular flowers.
They are great for attracting
hummingbirds. They hold plenty of nectar for the hummers to eat.
Getting ready to eat
God made the hummingbirds especially
adapted with long bills to reach deep down in the flowers. Most insects can't
reach that deep into the flowers. They have a grooved tongue they use to lap up
plants are wonderful for hummingbirds
Many native plants have the tubular
flowers hummingbirds prefer, they include;
- Beebalms - Monarda
- Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens
- Sages - Salvia
- Columbines - Aquilegia
- Summer phlox - Phlox paniculata
- Trumpet vine - Campsis radicans
Give the hummingbirds a variety and
flowers that bloom at different times. That will keep them coming to your
They like red flowers, but they will
feed from most any color flower, as long as it provides nectar.
Hummingbirds feed from the same flowers butterflies like.
Hummingbirds spend about eighty percent of their time
perching. They take time to rest from their high energy activities.
Hummingbirds need perches.
Hummingbirds like to perch near
their feeders and flowers. Once they find a good food source, they like to keep
an eye on it.
- Leave bare branches or twigs near and above the
hummingbird feeders and flowers.
It may not seem like a good
gardening practice to the homeowner, but it makes perfect sense to
hummingbird habitat areas
- Hummingbirds need some areas where they can be safe
from predators and the weather.
Provide small trees, vines and
shrubs to give the hummingbirds cover. Plant them around the edges of your
property. They will do double duty as a living fence between you and the
Hummingbird on the nest.
Hummingbirds like to build their
nest close to their food and water supply. Smart birds, they are!
- They like to build their nest on a horizontal branch.
Quite often they use lichens or spider webs when building their nest. The
spider webs help make their nests expandable.
So, leave the spider webs in your
shrubby areas. The hummers will use them to build their nest. They also will
use the spiders for food.
#3 water attracts hummingbirds
Finally, but not the least -
hummingbirds need water.
- Dripping water and fine misters are wonderful for
- Even just a sprinkler with a fine spray will work.
- Water dripping from a hose is also good for attracting
Hummingbirds will come to the fine
water and get themselves wet. Then they go to a perch and preen themselves.
They like water and they like to
bath. Sometimes, if there is no fine mist available, we have seen them bathing
in the dew on leaves.
- Hummingbirds are such amazing little birds. Invite them
to your yard.
it - how to attract hummingbirds
- Provide hummingbird food
- Hummingbird habitat with flowers
hummingbirds are a great god gift!