Tips on Attracting Hummingbirds To your Backyard!
In the United States, you can find over 16 kinds of Hummingbirds. For people east of the Rockies, the most prevalent by far is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. In fact, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the most widely distributed of the world’s 338 species of Hummingbirds, all of which occur ONLY in the Western Hemisphere.The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is often found between woodland and meadow. However, it has adapted well to human development, but only if there is shelter, space and food. Thus, it is frequently seen in suburban backyards with mature trees and shrubs, in wooded parks, and around farmsteads.
The Keys to Attracting Hummingbirds are to provide Food, Help for Nesting, and Misters (Water) for them to fly through. Read on and learn how to make your yard a “Hummingbird Haven©”.
A hummingbird nest is not much bigger than a quarter, and often it contains just 2-3 eggs no bigger than small peas. It’s typically hard to see, as it blends in well to the tree branch it’s attached to, and is made of fine animal or plant down and moss or lichens. Hummingbirds have been proven to really take to a product called “Hummer Helper™” Nesting Material, which provides a natural replacement for some hard to find materials.
Hummingbirds, like many birds, need and are attracted to “water”. One of the best ways to attract hummingbirds is with a “mister” that mits a fine spray. I love SE Easy Mister. Attach it to a hose after watering flowers and get ready to see hummers zip through the mist. Only uses .75 Gallons of water per hour!!
Did You Know?
Hummingbirds are extremely loyal to feeding sites. A hummingbird that feeds in your yard one year will return to that feeder the next. If you aren’t attracting as many hummers as you want, read on! As the male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is so territorial, one key is to offer lots of feeders. We have available over a dozen different kinds-no matter what kind of feeders you decide to use, remember two Golden Rules: Keep the feeder clean and the nectar fresh. Hummingbirds k eep their distance from fermented nectar.
Perhaps hummers understand that they need a clear head for their acrobatic flying. Fermented nectar can support the growth of deadly molds. If a hummingbird gets a taste of fermented nectar from your feeder, it will look elsewhere for a drink and remain suspicious of the offending feeder for a long time.
We often get asked the following from those who feed hummers:
Q. How can I keep Bees and Wasps away from my feeders?
A. Use a Flat Top Feeder (Best One, Droll Yankee, Aspects), where the nectar is not at the feeding port-Hummers can reach-Wasps and Bees cannot. Another tip-Put Avon “Skin So Soft” on the opening of your feeder.
Q. How can I keep Ants out of my feeder?
A. Buy a new feeder with “Nectar Guard Tips” or hang a Nectar Protector Ant Moat above your feeder and fill it with water (ants can’t swim)!! My favorite combo-A Best One Feeder or Songbird Essentials Feeder with a Clear Nectar Protector Ant Moat above it!! Easy to fill and clean-Means-No ants and Lots of Hummers!!
Fun Hummer Facts
- Humngbirds beat their wings about 78 times per second. During a display dive, their wings can beat up to 200 times per second.
- They take about 250 breaths per minute.
- Their hearts beat about 1,260 times per minute.
- They have 1,500 feathers.
- They consume half their body weight (1/8 lb) in food every day. That would be like an average kid eating about 40 to 50 pounds of food a day.
- During migration, they must fly 500 miles nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico to reach their wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. To make the trip, they must eat enough so they weigh 1 ½ times their usual weight.
- They can fly at speeds of 60 miles per hour and can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways, and even upside down briefly, but they can’t walk.
- Average life span is 3-5 Years- Maximum 12 Years.