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Attracting Hummingbirds

Posted by Linda Pittman on

  Hummingbirds are warm weather birds, migrating to warmer climates during the winter. If you live in a warmer area, you will be lucky enough to have hummingbirds year round. Some of them may be northern birds who have come south to you. When they are migrating thru your area, they will really appreciate a meal to boost them for further flight. So leaving a feeder out a little later, or a bit earlier can be a big help to the birds and quite satisfying to you. In warm weather, they like water, especially misted water, and will learn to come for daily mist baths if you have one set up for a certain time. Hummingbirds will be attracted to numerous feed sources in your yard, whether flowers or feeders (1 part sugar to 4 parts water). With a feeder, cleanliness is next to godliness, since fermented juice seems to mess up their navigation. They do remember where they got bad sugar water, even the next year, so if your feeder has been unclean, move it to a new location when it is clean again. Be sure to have a small bristle brush and a feeder that comes apart so all parts of it can get cleaned, especially that little opening where they eat. If you have problems with ants all over your feeder, get an ant moat. Fill that little cup with water, and no more ants, since ants can’t swim. Hummingbirds seem to see red, so have bright flowers, or red feeder, etc., to attract their attention. They will come in for a closer look. Soon you will have your feathered friends zipping around for more. Check out our Hummingbird Feeders.

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