Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with beautiful iridescent feathers. Hummingbirds get their name from the fact that they can flap their wings so fast that it makes a humming sound. Hummingbirds are the only bird able to fly right, left, up, down, backwards and EVEN upside down! How’s that for acrobatics? They use their thin bill and long tongue to obtain nectar from tubular flowers and hummingbird feeders. Hummingbirds of different varieties are found throughout the United States.

Attracting

FlowerUnlike most birds who may prefer different types of seed, hummingbirds like one thing and one thing only –sweet nectar! Natural sources include such flowering plants as Delphinium, Salvia, Bee Balm, Columbine and Trumpet Vine. If planting’s not your thing, Wild Bird Center’s Pure Hummer Sugar is the perfect balance of sweetness, sure to attract these beautiful and tiny birds to your backyard hummer feeders. Simply add water, mix and pour into your feeder.

AspectFeederWe carry a large and diverse stock of hummingbird feeders. Hummers have no sense of smell and rely on eyesight to seek out the bright colors of flowers (they love red) and feeders that provide them with nectar. They not only consume half of their weight in food each day, they also need to feed five to eight times an hour to get their fill.  Looking to attract several hummers? Try hanging more than one feeder in your yard but make sure they are not too close to each other. Hummingbirds are territorial and will defend their favorite feeder. Beautiful, functional or whimsical, we’ve got you covered. Hummingbird feeders add great color and fun to your backyard in their various shapes, sizes and materials, Hang a bunch of different ones and see who stops in for a visit.

Nesting

Hummingbird nests are not much bigger than a ping-pong ball. The female makes the nest of tiny bits of leafy material and weaves it all together with spider silk. A hummingbird will not use a bird house.

Cleaning

As hummingbird feeders are glass or plastic and filled with nectar, it’s important to clean them every few days to keep the sugar water fresh. Dump old nectar, wash the feeder with warm water and refill on a regular basis. We carry skinny brushes that fit in the small ports and feeders to ensure proper cleaning. Your hummers will thank you! Ants becoming a problem? Ants love nectar just as much as hummers. Install an ant moat to catch these pesky critters and keep your feeders ant-free.

Did You Know?

Most of the species of Hummingbirds are found in South America. We see them on their yearly migrations north in early spring (Southern US) and summer (Central & Northern US). Have your feeders ready as they will be hungry and tired from their long migration North!