They dart, they zip, they flutter – they’re hummingbirds! There are over 16 species of hummingbirds in the United States. For people who live east of the Rockies, such as us Missourians, the most prevalent by far is the Ruby-Throated hummingbird.
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have adapted well to humans over time thanks to the food and shelter provided to them. You can find Ruby-Throated hummingbirds between woodlands and meadows as well as in suburban backyards with mature trees and shrubs, around farmsteads, and in parks.
The key to attracting hummingbirds is to provide food, nesting materials (try HummerHelper), and water (EasyMister). Hummingbirds are loyal to feeding sites, so providing a consistent, fresh place for Hummingbirds to feed is key to their annual return to your backyard.
Creating a Hummingbird Haven in your backyard is simple! Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are territorial, so be sure to provide multiple feeders. You must keep feeders clean and nectars fresh. Hummingbirds will steer clear of fermented nectar and you will risk losing your annual visitors. Hang a nectar protector and use a flat top hummingbird feeder to ensure you keep ants, bees, and other pests out! To promote healthy hummingbirds, nectar feeders should be cleaned once a week (or more) in hot weather to prevent harmful microorganisms like molds from developing!
Posted Date: 2019-04-23