Learning how to attract hummingbirds is easy.
These birds are loyal and once they find a habitat that satisfies their needs, they faithfully return year after year.
Another bonus...........feeding hummingbirds for your personal enjoyment also helps the eco-system.
These birds are pollinators and play an important roll in the life cycle of flowering plants.
Hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell.
They do however have excellent sight and are attracted to bright colors, especially red feeders filled with nectar.
They are attracted to red and other bright colors because these same colors represent flowers that supply nectar for their huge appetite.
Feeders, of course, supply a food source for hummingbirds which is a primary necessity for survival.
To attract hummingbirds, you can also hang red ribbons on your feeders to initially entice them.
Take note....... Hummingbirds are territorial and are not likely to share "their" feeders.
So, hang more feeders far enough apart to present more territories and to attract more birds.
Learn more about attracting with a hummingbird feeder.
Plants make flowers, flowers make nectar, nectar is food, food is survival for hummingbirds. Therefore, brightly colored, high nectar producing flowers of plants will definitely coax a hummer to your garden.
Planting brightly colored flowers that attract hummingbirds or hanging flower baskets with plants will lure these jewel like birds in search of nectar.
If you would like to know how to attract hummingbirds with hummingbird flowers, there is a large variety to choose from.
Red, orange, and pink flowers with a high nectar reserve are preferred.
Learn how to create a hummingbird habitat.
Hummingbirds do not walk or hop but do perch about 80% of their life. They perch all night long to sleep. During the day they will use a perch to oversee and guard a flower garden, feeder or any other source of food.
After feeding, a perch supplies a comfortable spot to digest their food which usually takes about 20 minutes.
A perch also supplies a spot for maintenance, that is "preening", which is removing built up debris in their feathers. They will fluff their feathers to loosen any dirt or debris and then remove it with their bill. This helps to keep them light and airy for flying.
Trees and shrubs are good for perching along with the not so obvious, clothes lines, fences or anything similar.
It's fun to follow their flight and catch a glimpse of these miniature birds perching on a tiny leaf stem or branch.
Maybe a photo opportunity?
Water is necessary for hummingbirds just like any other living creature.
Some believe that nectar is a source for water but this is not the case, they need a seperate source of pure water.
Hummingbirds can drink and bath in flight.
Watch your backyard come alive with hummingbirds as they fly through the sunlit mist of a garden hose mister or a solar powered misting birdbath.
Learn how to use water to attract hummingbirds.
Now that you know how to attract hummingbirds by supplying feeders, plants, perches and water; you now know how simple this venture can be!
Uninvited Guests?......Other Birds
You may be surprised to find other birds at your hummingbird feeders!
These larger birds often crowd out the tiny hummingbirds.
If your wondering what to do, read Hummingbird Feeders Attract Other Birds.
Who knows what really prompted our passion for learning how to attract hummingbirds and care for them?
After a long, cold winter in the northeastern United States, it was Spring!
We hung a feeder on the plant basket hanger outside our kitchen window, and followed the instructions on the package recommending a stronger ratio of nectar for first time use.
We waited but it took awhile for our first visitor to arrive.
The Rest is History!
Over the past 30 years this tiny bird has captured our hearts.......
as we expect it to capture yours!