Tips to Attract and Care for Hummingbirds

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We are well into summer and well into the hummingbird season. Hopefully by now you have a few buzzing by your feeders.

Hummingbirds are extremely loyal to reliable feeding sites so chances are if a hummingbird that feeds in your backyard one year, they will more than likely return to feed the next year. If you haven’t had much luck attracting them in the past, here are a few tips to get more hummingbirds to your yard or garden this year:

To attract hummingbirds the most important factors are: shelter, space and food.

The male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is very territorial, try putting out more than one feeder to give the birds some space to feed.

Keep your hummingbird feeders clean and keep the nectar fresh. Hummingbirds are very sensitive to fermented nectar and will stay clear of any nectar that has gone bad. Change the sugar-water solution often and throw away any leftover liquid each time the feeder is cleaned. Don't top off partially filled feeders or re-fill dirty, empty feeders.

To help keep your feeders clean, start by choosing the right feeder. The easier a hummingbird feeder is to clean, the more likely it will be cleaned properly and regularly. When selecting among feeder styles, note how easy each type is to take apart and get to all of the surfaces. Many are even dishwasher safe.

Red is a very effective colour for attracting humming birds. It is easily for the hummingbirds to spot the colour red from high up in the sky when they are searching for a food source. Try tieing large red bows to some of your trees early in the spring. This acts as a very effective tool to attract hummingbirds from a distance.

Finally, on social media we see videos of hummingbirds being fed by hand or being led into homes. These beautiful, wild creatures should be given proper space and left in the wild. Enjoy them from a respectful distance to keep them safe and to encourage them to return year after year.

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