How to Attract Hummingbirds to My Backyard

 

Date: May 1st, 2015

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Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that are some of the most sought after backyard birds. Their tiny stature and insanely fast wing speed are just some of their unique features. Read on for more interesting facts and tips to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.

 

5 Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

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1. Start Early - Put up feeders just before Hummingbirds are expected to arrive in your area. In the Northern half of the United States, Hummingbirds begin arriving in late-April to Mid-May. Place the feeders in a sheltered area near flowers and fill with fresh nectar solution

2. The More, the Better - Use more than 1 feeder. Although small in stature, Hummingbirds (especially males), put up a big fight when it comes to territorial behavior. Offer several feeders in different locations to stifle this behavior.

3. Create a Hummingbird Habitat -  Plants, especially flowers, shrubs and trees, are essential to creating a welcoming environment for hummers. For more information on what plants attract hummingbirds, read below.

4. Nectar - Hummingbirds eat a variety of different things but nectar is the food they are most attracted to in many backyard birders' yards. Nectar provides a healthy, nutritious and easily digestible source of energy and calories.

5. Don't Forget Water - Hummingbirds love mists of water. Have you ever seen a Hummingbird dive at your sprinkler and then dart away? Hummingbirds bathe like this several times a day. Garden misters, birdbaths or small water falls will attract Hummingbirds

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How to Create a Hummingbird Habitat

Feeders don’t have to be the only way to attract Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are attracted to several varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees that can be just as effective.

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Flowers: Fuchsias, Impatiens, Hollyhocks, Petunias, Geraniums and Begonias are some of the many flowers that attract Hummers

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Shrubs: Azaleas, Butterfly Bushes, Flowering Quinces, Honeysuckles and Weigela

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Trees: Flowering Crab, Tulip Poplar, Locust, Eucalyptus, Vines Honeysuckle, Morning Glory, Trumpet Creeper and Trumpet Honeysuckle

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Feeder Maintenance

Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned and the nectar changed every 4-5 days – and more often in hotter weather. Black spots in your feeder should cause alarm as these are mold spots. Avoid mold deposits by rinsing the feeder each time you change the nectar. Use a cleaning product such as a Foam Cleaning Mop to protect Hummingbirds from germs.

Another tip – don’t fill the feeder more than half full. It is unlikely that Hummingbirds will drink it all before the next change.

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Keep Ants and Bees Out!

Ants and bees are also attracted by the sugary nectar in hummingbird feeders. Ant and Bee Guards are built into many feeders but are also available as an add-on accessory for existing feeders.

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Hummingbird Facts

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  • A hummingbird's tongue is "W" shaped and is used for lapping up nectar

  • A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

  • The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world

  • A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.

  • The hummingbird's body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams. A penny weighs 2.5 grams

  • Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years but can live more than 10 years

  • A hummingbird's wings will beat about 70 times per second and 200 times per second when diving

  • A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.

 

Have you caught a glimpse of a Hummer lately?



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