5 Easy Tips to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

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Attract hummingbirds to your yard and keep them happy to provide you with hours of fun and beauty to marvel at.

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This post is about attracting hummingbirds to your yard and things you can do to keep them happy.

Hummingbirds are one of the most popular backyard birds to feed and watch. With their jewel-like, colorful appearance and high speed antics, hummingbirds can also be one of the most interesting birds to watch.

With the right climate and tools, there are things that you can do to keep hummingbirds from being more than just a passing trend, and help them to return to your yard and spend more time there.

Here are 5 easy steps that can help you attract hummingbirds and create a hummingbird oasis in your backyard. I’ve also included links for products that we’ve used or can help you to keep hummingbirds fed and happy in a yard.

Provide hummingbirds with plenty of nectar

Having plenty of nectar around to fuel their metabolism is important to keep a hummingbird alive and thriving. Use a hummingbird feeder filled with hummingbird nectar to help feed the birds.

Hummingbird nectar feeders come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some feeders are made of plastic, while others are made of glass. Out of all the hummingbird feeders that we have tried over the years, simple hummingbird feeders with perches—like this—have been among the most popular hummingbird feeders in our yard.

Hang the hummingbird feeder in a place where it is protected from wind and predators. Hummingbirds are shy creatures who generally don’t like disruptions when they are feeding.

Where to hang a hummingbird feeder depends, in part, on how close you want to be to the feeder to watch the birds feed.

A bird feeder hanger gives you plenty of options for where to hang a bird feeder.

A window hummingbird feeder mounts on glass and allows you to watch hummingbirds feed from the comfort of your own home.

Hummingbird nectar comes in a variety of styles, including pre-mixed nectar and powder that you can mix with water to make hummingbird nectar at home. If you have a lot of hummingbirds to feed, buying hummingbird nectar powder and mixing it yourself can be a cost-effective way to feed a lot of birds.

Use a hummingbird bird bath to provide tiny birds with water

Hummingbirds don’t typically drink water the way that other birds do. Instead they bath in it. Bird baths are usually an unsuitable choice to use as a bird bath, because the water is too deep.

Look for a hummingbird bird bath that is designed for hummingbirds and watch your little friends splash around and have fun. Provide perches for the hummingbirds to preen their feathers and dry off.

Provide hummingbirds with shelter

Female hummingbirds build their tiny nests in sheltered locations that are protected from predators and the elements. Provide shelter for hummingbirds by growing trees and shrubs around your yard.

Plant colorful flowers to attract hummingbirds

Just like attracting beneficial insects to a garden, you can grow plants that attract hummingbirds to a yard. Grow colorful, nectar-rich flowers that attract hummingbirds to your environment.

Flowers that may attract and feed hummingbirds include agastache, bleeding hearts, cardinal flower, columbine, coneflower, coral bells, salvia, and trumpet vine. Some of the most attractive hummingbird flowers grow on invasive vines, so do your research before adding these plants to your yard, where they can easily take over and overwhelm a landscape.

Zinnias are easy to grow flowers that can attract hummingbird to a garden. Zinnias are annual flowers that come in a variety of colors, include reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, purples, and whites. Plant red flowers especially to help attract hummingbirds to a yard.

In addition to color, choose flowers that bloom at different times so hummingbirds will have nectar from spring until the end of the summer season.

Be consistent

Your hummingbirds rely on you to help maintain their provisions—food, especially. Once you attract hummingbirds to your yard, keep them there by being consistent in providing food and safe spaces for the birds.

More tips to attract hummingbirds to a yard

  • Hang hummingbird feeders as soon as the weather warms up in spring. The hummingbirds are often looking for food by this time.
  • Hummingbird feeders with perches provide a place for hummingbirds to rest while feeding.
  • Look for hummingbird nectar feeders with ant, wasp, and hornet guards to help prevent the hummingbird food from being eaten by other wildlife.
  • Replace nectar frequently. Old nectar can start to mold or become cloudy. Change nectar frequently to keep your hummingbirds happy.
  • Clean feeders in-between use. Hummingbird feeders become dirty from being placed in an outdoor environment. Wash hummingbird feeders each time you bring them in to replace the nectar.
  • Hummingbirds eat bugs and insects in addition to nectar. Bugs provide protein and other necessary nutrients for hummingbirds. Insects that hummingbirds eat include ants, aphids, gnats, mosquitoes, and insect eggs.
  • Bright red is one of the best colors to attract hummingbirds to an object or place.
  • Hummingbirds are territorial, so it may be necessary to hang several feeders around the yard.

This post was all about how to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

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