Attracting Hummingbirds to you is important and a lot easier than trekking across fields with a pair of Binoculars.
A good way to attract the hummingbirds is to plant a hummingbird garden following the instructions in the Garden section of this website. A hummingbird garden can be rather large rolling across several acres, to very small such as a window-box planter or a couple of plants and feeder on a porch. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell, so what the flower smells like doesn't really matter. Choose trumpet flowers like those on Honeysuckle plant, or a Trumpet Vine. If you don't know the name of a particular flower, don't worry. We have compiled a Hummingbird Garden Catalog with photos that will help you choose the best flowers for your location.
Hummingbirds love to drink nectar from flowers and feeders. Hummingbird feeders can be purchased and come in all shapes and sizes, or, you can make your own hummingbird feeder using old bottles and other things around your home. We have listed our favorite feeders and recommendations in the Feeders section of this website. The recipe for hummingbird nectar can be found in the Nectar section of this site.
As much as hummingbirds need nectar as part of their daily diet, you will also need water to attract them. Hummingbirds need water to drink and bathe. It is easy to incorporate water into your hummingbird garden by adding a water mister that will not only water the plants, but allow the hummingbirds to take a quick shower. Hummingbirds are also attracted to birdbaths with fountains. There are some really nice hummingbird birdbaths in our hummingbird shop. A solar fountain added to a birdbath will not only make the hummingbirds happy, but your pocketbook as well.
Hummingbirds are attracted to an area that has lots of little bugs to eat. Hummingbirds need protein to survive and eating tiny bugs like gnats and spiders give them that needed protein. Don't use pesticides around hummingbirds; let the hummingbirds will take care of those annoying little bugs for you. If you want to try to attract more bugs, see the Bugs section of this website.
Hummingbirds love to play around in the sunshine and even take a little sun bath, however, they also need shade and wind protection. Hummingbirds are attracted to areas that have both. They need the sunshine just like we do. However they need the shade to rest, perch, and nest.
Hummingbirds can feel more fearless than other birds simply because of their speed. Hummingbirds can even become accustom to certain people they know. They can, in time, zip all around someone's heads and ankles without a care.
To a hummingbird, you are a 90 foot tall monster that can eat them. Hummingbirds don't know that you would never hurt them until you can prove it. When you move, make sure your movements are slow and deliberate. Try sitting out with the hummingbirds on a daily basis (like morning Coffee time). Change the feeders during daylight hours so they can see who is providing such good nectar. After a while, sit with a feeder right next to you and watch them drop by for a drink. Eventually, they may start to think of you as a perch. See also the Bugs section of this website.
If you are having problems attracting hummingbirds, be patient. Hummingbirds will be in virtually every part of the Americas at one time or another. Here are some other tips you might want to try to help you attract the most hummingbirds.
- Try placing your hummingbird feeders near flowers that hummingbirds like.
- Run strings or line to create a place for the hummingbirds to perch.
- Spread feeders out, or place a lot of feeders bunched together so that a territorial hummingbird cannot monopolize all of them.
- Place the feeders as a variety of heights. Some hummingbirds feel more comfortable feeding at higher levels of fourteen (14) feet or so, while others like to feed at ground level.
- Try to decorate your feeder and surrounding areas with Color-Coded Flagging Tape. The florescent tape mimics the reflections of the hummingbird's iridescent coloring.
As you can see, with a little thought and patients attracting hummingbirds is not all that hard.