Learn the three best ways how to attract hummingbirds into our gardens. The hummers will be flying to visit our feeders, plants, flowers and water!
Hummingbirds are an amazing gift of God!
How big are hummingbirds?
The smallest bird in the world is a hummingbird.
The bee hummingbird from Cuba is only 2 inches. They weigh from a half to three-quarters of an ounce.
They are amazing birds!
The largest hummingbird is the Giant Hummingbird that lives in South America. It is giant for a hummingbird at 8 inches in size.
What are the 15 types of hummingbirds that visit North America?
Yes, it's true - hummingbirds are attracted by red. Consequently hummingbird feeders are made with red parts.
Bright red or orange is one of the ways how to attract hummingbirds. Passing hummingbirds will come in to investigate the bright colors.
So one way to get a hummer's attention is to tie bright orange-red surveyor's tape to trees or shrubs near your hummingbird feeders and flowers. Building supply stores will normally carry this bright colored tape.
There are red plastic flags used
to flag a long load of lumber. You may place them out in your yard on a fence, tree or shrub until the hummingbirds
get used to coming to your feeders.
But the hummers won't keep coming back unless there is something to eat.
Hummingbirds consume so much food every day. This is our clue for getting them to visit our yards.
Feeding hummingbirds is #1 for attracting hummingbirds to our yards.
Feeders with red on them are great for attracting hummingbirds.
Get feeders with bee guards and a place for the hummingbirds to perch while they are eating.
4 parts water: 1 part white sugar (do not use brown sugar)
Keep the feeders clean with fresh food.
The food stays fresh longer in shade. Refill the feeder once a week and more often in very hot weather.
Get more tips on feeding hummingbirds.
We want the hummingbirds to feel safe and comfortable in our yards. How do we do that?
Flowers give the hummingbirds their natural food. Plus, our trees and shrubs give them places to perch and nest.
Hummingbirds like tubular flowers.
They are great for attracting hummingbirds. They hold plenty of nectar for the hummers to eat.
God made the hummingbirds especially adapted with long bills to reach deep down in the flowers. Most insects can't reach that deep into the flowers.
Hummingbirds have a grooved tongue they use to lap up the nectar.
Plant some flowers for the hummingbirds.
Many native plants have the tubular flowers hummingbirds prefer, they include;
Give the hummingbirds a variety and flowers that bloom at different times. That will keep them coming to your flower garden.
They like red flowers, but they will feed from most any color flower, as long as it provides nectar.
Hummingbirds feed from the same flowers butterflies like.
Hummingbirds spend about eighty percent of their time perching. They take time to rest from their high energy activities.
Hummingbirds like to perch near their feeders and flowers. Once they find a good food source, they like to keep an eye on it.
Leave bare branches or twigs near and above the
hummingbird feeders and flowers.
It may not seem like a good gardening practice to the homeowner, but it makes perfect sense to hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds need some areas where they can be safe from predators and the weather.
Provide small trees, vines and shrubs to give the hummingbirds cover. Plant them around the edges of your property. They will do double duty as a living fence between you and the neighbors.
Hummingbirds like to build their nest close to their food and water supply. Smart birds, they are!
They like to build their nest on a horizontal branch. Quite often they use lichens or spider webs when building their nest. The spider webs help make their nests expandable.
So, leave the spider webs in your shrubby areas. The hummers will use them to build their nest. They also will use the spiders for food.
Finally, but not the least - hummingbirds need water.
Hummingbirds are such amazing little birds. When they find what they need, they come to our yards.
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