Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Home
Having hummingbirds in your back yard are a joy for bird lovers and bird watchers, because the little birds are so full of energy. When you have four or five hummingbirds in your backyard, you have a bit of a show and a bit of a combat, as the hummingbirds vie for dominance. That hummingbird contest gets more interesting with the more hummingbirds that join in the action, so here’s how to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.
For a week or two every fall, my house becomes a refuge for hummingbirds moving south for the winter. This year, for example, I sat on my back porch and watched 25-30 hummingbirds swarm one hummingbird feeder in the rain, while one lone hummingbird sat unmolested on another feeder. That’s the unpredictable nature of hummingbirds.
One predictable thing about hummingbirds is you can attract them to your house, if you give them enough enticements. So here’s our five-step process for attracting hummingbirds.
1. Hang Hummingbird Feeders
Hang two or more hummingbird feeders from trees in your yard. Place a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar in your hummingbird feeder. Make certain to place the hummingbird feeders as close to your back porch or windows as possible, without scaring away the birds.
2. Don’t Use Dye
Never place red dye in your sugar water or use hummingbird food products that have red dye in it. Do not use honey in your hummingbird feeders.
3. Freshen Your Feeders Often
Re-freshen your hummingbird feeders often, probably once a week and more often during warm weather months. The fresher your sugar-water solution, the more likely hummingbirds are to choose your feeders. Take the feeder down when hummingbirds are less likely to be feeding.
Dump the nectar in the sink. Take the feeder apart and rinse with soapy warm water. Let the feeder dry for 15-30 minutes. Put back together and refill.
4. Advanced Feeder Cleaning
Use bleach to clean your hummingbird feeder if mold has developed. Remember that mold is harmful to hummingbirds, if it gets into nectar and dilutes into it. So if your hummingbird feeder shows signs of mold, make certain to clean it out.
5. Plant a Hummingbird Friendly Garden
Plant nectar-producing flowers and trees in your garden or around your yard. Certain plants are attractive to hummingbirds, including Honeysuckle, flowering eucalyptus, columbine, bottlebrush, fuchsia, impatiens, trumpet vine, tree tobacco, larkspur, sage and silk tree.