HOMEGROWN EXPERT GARDENING ADVICE
The nectar-feeding season is just around the corner! At this point in time, humming birds bid their winter territories goodbye to revisit their breeding grounds. Create a sanctuary in your backyard!
Lure hummingbirds into your garden with the following tips:
1. Feed them. Provide enticing food for humming birds in three ways: through feeders, plants and insects.
2.Supply Clean Water. Hummingbirds are attracted to water, especially moving water sources like drippers, fountains, waterfalls and sprinklers. Water keeps them clean and fresh so you will often see them perching in a spray or flying through moving water to bathe. Setting up misters is a bright idea because hummingbirds love to take “leaf baths”. It’s refreshing for them to rub their feathers against wet leaves or simply sit on a branch enjoying the mist. To attract dozens of hummingbirds, position water sources near nectar-rich blooms.
3.Provide Shelter. Of course, hummingbirds need to take a rest. They love to preen on perches, including thin vines, trellises, wires, shrubbery and clotheslines. Aggressive hummingbirds scout out for perches that allow them to protect their territories. If you want to make use of perching plants and shrubs, it’s best to position them near food sources.
4.Make Good Nesting Spots Available. Hummingbirds are different from most backyard birds because they do not use nesting boxes; rather they build their cup-shaped nests in shrubs and trees. Some birds also build their nests along wires or poles. Attract dozens of beautiful hummingbirds by providing safe areas for nesting. You may also supply nesting materials like animal fur, fine lint and short strings.
Hummingbirds, particularly males, are territorial. Instinctively, they will defend their food source which may turn your feeder into a battle ground. This is not a bad thing because this behavior is an imperative survival trait. Change the environment around them instead. Hang several feeders in your yard or garden so an aggressive bird won’t monopolize a single feeder. Space the feeders at least 30 feet apart.