7 Need to Know Tips to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Hummingbirds have got to be one of my favourite birds. They are so pretty and delicate yet powerful at the same time. If you’re looking to attract hummingbirds this year to your backyard, May is just around the corner and now is the time to get your yard set up for our fluttering little friends! I’ve created some tips and fun facts all about these magnificent little creatures.
1. Hummingbirds are BIG Eaters
Hummingbirds wings beat about 70 times per second so it’s no wonder they’re always hungry! They will feed up to 8 times per hour and eat almost half of their weight in sugar daily.
2. Hummingbirds Depend on You!
Did you know that hummingbirds depend on artificial sugar until nature produces blossoms for them? You can easily make your own hummingbird nectar to fill your feeders.
Directions for Making Hummingbird Food
1. Mix 1 part refined white sugar with 4 parts water. Bring to a boil to kill any bacteria and completely dissolve the sugar. It’s very important to note that red dye should never be added. This is not healthy for our little friends.
2. Cool completely and then fill feeder.
3. Any remaining nectar can be stored for up to one week in the fridge.
3. Three (or more) is Key
To attract more hummers you need more feeders. This also reduces conflicts between the birds as they can be somewhat territorial with their feeder. Be sure to clean your hummingbird feeders frequently (every 3 to 4 days) especially in hot temperatures to avoid bacterial growth.
4. Get Ready!
With May around the corner make sure your feeders are out by the beginning of the month as hummingbirds are close. Be mindful to place feeders near where you will be planting the flowers that they will be attracted to and also near windows so you can watch them feed. They can live up to ten years and will come back to the same feeder each year so make sure you are ready for them!
5. They Need a Break
Because hummingbirds can be territorial, placing a hummingbird swing near your feeder will give the bird a chance to rest while still being able to view their feeder or the nectar-rich plants they love.
6. Bright Colours are Best.
Hummingbirds are attracted to orange, yellow and most of all red. If your feeder doesn’t have red on it, no worries! Simply tie a red ribbon to attract extra attention.
7. Plant Natural Nectar
To become a hummingbird haven, be sure to plant flowers and vines that will feed them all season. Annuals that they love to feed on include; fuchsias, petunias, salvia, lantana, morning glory, snapdragons, nasturtiums, salvia, zinnias and cleome. Plant perennials such as columbine, coral bells, cardinal flower(perennial lobelia in red), bee balm, lavender, liatris, red hot poker, hollyhocks, lilacs, honeysuckle vine and trumpet vine to name a few.
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