Hummingbirds are some of the most entertaining wildlife I have seen at my house. The following list includes some traditional ways to draw in more hummers to your yard. There also might be a couple you didn’t know about before. Feel free to comment on the 5 ways to attract hummingbirds to your garden that are listed below.
5 Hang Hummingbird Feeders
This is probably the most common way people think of to attract hummingbirds. The best time to hang feeders is in May, but sometimes hummingbirds arrive earlier in the month of April. You might want to wait until you spot your first little hummingbird before you start hanging feeders full of nectar.
4 Offer Multiple Feeders to Prevent Bullying
Many male hummingbirds tend to lead to fighting. They have been known to bully one another while trying to get food. One might be a bigger bully than others and he’ll end up scaring away the other hummingbirds. Hanging multiple feeders in a number of spread out locations will give everyone a chance to feed at their own station.
3 Dangle Red Ribbons from Fences or Trees
The color red draws hummingbirds in from afar. If you are using feeders with clear nectar and no bright colors on the feeder itself, try hanging red ribbons from the perches. You can also tie a red ribbon around the tree trunk where the feeder is hanging. The bright color will let hummingbirds know there’s something tasty waiting for them.
2 Set up a Mist System for Them
Hummingbirds like baths, just like most other birds. These little super-fliers have been seen darting in and out of sprinklers as lawns are being watered. They will come right to a misting system for their daily bath. If you have the means, you might be able to attract quite a few hummers with a simple system for creating mist throughout the day.
1 Plant Flowers They Are Drawn to
Flowers hummingbirds are attracted to include; honeysuckle, morning glory, butterfly bush, petunia, impatiens, foxglove, mimosa, bee balm, and four o’clocks. There are plenty of additional plant choices preferred by hummingbirds, but any of these will have hummingbirds flitting about your garden in no time. Try planting flowers with varying bloom times so hummers have food available as long as they need it.
You will be able to bring in tons of hummingbirds by combining 2 or 3 of these methods. What ways have you attracted hummingbirds to your yard that seemed to work best of all?
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