Ants and Bees
Hummingbird nectar and feeder maintenance
Hummingbirds love to bathe
on misted leaves!
- Hummingbirds require a lot of energy. The simplest way to attract hummingbirds to your backyard is to place out a Hummingbird Feeder filled with sugar water. Most hummingbird feeders are designed to mimic nectar bearing flowers. They are usually bright red because most hummingbirds find the color red more attractive. The best place for your hummingbird feeder is on a pole in a flower bed or hung on a porch or deck near flowers hummingbirds are attracted to.
- If you are placing a hummingbird feeder out for the first time, or you don't see any hummingbirds visiting your feeder try placing it close to flowers where hummingbirds have been seen feeding. You can also tie 18 to 24 inch strips of red ribbon to the feeder. The blowing ribbons will make it easier for the hummingbirds to see.
- Provide perching areas around your hummingbird feeders with various trees and shrubs at varying heights. Hummingbirds will need places to rest between feedings and like to perch in view of their nectar source.
- Hummingbirds are very territorial and will aggressively protect nectar sources. To prevent a single hummingbird from monopolizing your feeder, place several feeders out of view of each other around your backyard. Or place a bunch of feeders together so no one individual hummingbird can possibly defend them all.
- Provide nectar feeders at varying heights. Different hummingbird species will favor and defend different heights. Some hummingbird species like to feed at heights of 12 to 15 feet, while others typically feed on low growing flowers and will prefer feeders placed closer to the ground. Place your feeders in at least 3 different heights to reduce aggression between hummingbirds.
- Hummingbirds love to bathe on misted leaves. Add a water mister around broad leafed plants and watch them take a bath!
- In their non stop quest for fuel, Hummingbirds may visit 1,000 flowers per day. Plant flowers that hummingbirds are attracted to. Your best bet is red, tubular single blossom flowers. Click here for more planting ideas as well as how to create a hummingbird garden!
- Provide foliage that hummingbirds will use for nesting materials. Offering an abundance of nesting materials will encourage nesting females to stay in your backyard and bring their babies to your feeders! Hummingbirds prefer downy like materials, spider webs, ferns, moss and lichens for nesting material. Willow and eucalyptus trees are wonderful for providing downy like nesting materials.
- We have a great reference book on hummingbirds in our Book and Reference Section.