The Ruby Throated Hummingbird arrives in the middle latitudes of the
Attracting Hummingbirds, It’s Fun! It’s Easy!
Have your hummingbird feeders out by the first week in August, no later than mid-August. You need to be ready before they arrive. It makes attracting them much easier.
Hang your feeder in a partially shaded area. Direct sun can cause the sugar and water nectar mixture to separate and leak from your feeder.
Hummers are very territorial and some will fight at a feeder. When this happens it is best to set up another feeder in another spot to stop the fighting. Locate a second out of site of the other feeder.
A feeder should be cleaned thoroughly once a week in warm water and white vinegar to remove residue. A stiff bottle brush or hand-mop is useful.
Do not use any pesticides on flowers from which hummingbirds feed. Hummingbirds get their protein from small invertebrate insects. The nectar only provides a source of energy.
Bananas have Ahh Peel!
To give your hummingbirds an additional treat, you can hang banana skins, which attract fruit flies, a tasty, protein-rich part of their diet.
When Feeding Nectar, Keep it Fresh.
Hummers avoid feeders with spoiled nectar. Commercial nectars last longer, only needing to be changed once a week. Home-made nectar is just fine but needs changing at least every other day as the raw sugar ferments much quicker. Pre-mixed nectars are now available.
One part sugar to 4 parts boiling water. Always allow the sugar and water solution to come to a rolling boil for a minute or two until sugar is dissolved. Never use a microwave to heat nectar as it alters its chemical structure. Never use artificial sweeteners or add any red coloring. Cool the nectar before filling and refrigerate the rest. And remember to change it every couple of days in hot weather.
Do these things and you’ll soon have a yard “humming” with more Jewels of Spring. Hummingbirds.
Published by: The Wild Bird Habitat Stores of Lincoln, Nebraska