Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

I have delighted many times at the hummingbirds who come to my yard. I am sure you will too, just follow these tips to have success at attracting the tiny birds to you yard.

Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

You might think the first thing you need is a feeder, but this is not correct. The first thing you need are plants, and specifically flowers, to draw the birds to your yard. Most flowers that attract butterflies will also attract Hummingbirds.

  • Beebalm – Monarda fistulosa
  • Bougainvillea
  • Delphinium
  • Fuchsia
  • Geranium
  • Gladiola
  • Hollyhocks
  • Honeysuckle
  • Nasturtium – Tropaeolum majus
  • Sedum
  • Zinnia

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Additionally hummingbirds like trees or shrubs on which to rest, so you should provide those as well. Preferably if you are going to invite hummingbirds, or any birds, into your yard, you will not be allowing your cat outdoors, or it will be confined to a safe cat enclosure to keep it from harming the birds you are inviting.

Feeders

Hummingbirds will first come for your flowers, they will stay for your feeders. Put the feeder near your flowers, preferably in a shady spot if your area is hot. Putting it in a shady spot will also reduce the number of bees being attracted to the feeder. As the hummingbirds notice, and use, the feeder, you can move it to a place closer to your house for better viewing of the birds.

Male hummingbirds are particularly defensive of “their” feeders, so if you are going to offer more than one feeder, it is best to have them out of sight of each other.

A very rare sight indeed. 

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The Mix

  • 4 Parts Water
  • 1 Part Sugar
  • Boil, cool, and feed.

Do not add red food coloring, it does not improve use, and may actually harm the birds. Most hummingbird feeders have red spouts, which is enough of an attraction. If you are having problems with the math, the mixture could be 4 cups of water to 1 cup sugar, or 1 cup of water to ¼ cup of sugar.

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Bugs

It might surprise you to know that hummingbirds eat more than nectar. Nectar supplies them with sugar, but they also need protein. Hummingbirds also eat insects. As such it is very important not to use chemical pesticides on your plants. They often use spider silk to help construct and bind their nests.

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Above a smaller Annas Hummingbird is defending its territory against a larger bird. 

Facts

  • Hummingbirds are Native to the Americas.
  • They can fly forwards, backwards, and can hover in one spot.
  • They flap their wings 12-90 times per second (the fastest of any bird).
  • Their usual lifespan is only four years, although many will not survive even a year.
  • The Bee Hummingbird, a native of Cuba, is the worlds smallest bird.

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  1. Excellent!..Thats really wonderful and well presented article on how to attract hummingbirds..nice pics too. LOV it..well done and thanks for sharing this great stuff.article

  2. At my son and daughter in laws house these little fellows come by the dozens. I just love them but I can’t get any to come to my balcony. there is deep shade and nothing to attract them I suppose but I do put out colorful flowers and sugar water.

  3. mean, but beautiful little fellows. Thx for the tips on how to attract them.

  4. I wish we got them around here! Nice article, great pics too.

  5. Thanks Mark, I expect our Hummingbirds will be here any week!

  6. Great info!

  7. Im hoping a few will drop by this time thanx to the tips given!

  8. What a useful article! Shame there are no hummingbirds around where I live or I’d be putting your advice into action.

  9. I love hummingbirds and we just started having them around the house. I put out two different feeders for them and they started showing up right away. This information was very helpful and useful :)

  10. wonderful photos

  11. Interesting article! I’ve always wanted to add bougainvillea to my yard, but I didn’t realize that was a great bloom to attract hummingbirds. Even more reason to plant some now! Bookmarking this for future reference.

  12. Cute birds. They must really enjoy visiting your garden.

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