Thursday, June 17, 2010

Attracting Hummingbirds

Wish you could see a hummingbird in your yard?  Check out this post from last summer, which describes a bit of the life history and food preferences of these magical little birds.  A few carefully selected flowers and a hummingbird feeder will go a long way in attracting our region's Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist


Chuck Banks said...

If you're thinking about attracting hummers, a few cautionaries:
It's a commitment--not for casual bird-feeding types. If you don't tend their feeder regularly, they can starve to death in minutes
Feeders must be cleaned regularly, or they will get foul (no pun)
Hummers are critters of habit--they follow a regular circuit, and will revisit regularly
Hummers are fearless. Don't stand or sit too near the feeder, or you may find an angry 1/5-oz. feather-ball hovering inches from your eyeballs (it's happended to me!)
Hummers will readily perch, if you put their feeder near a small tree or shrub branch
In the Northeast, look for occasional visiting hummer species other than ruby-throat, especially after storms

Westmoreland Sanctuary said...

@Chuck: Thanks for the additional notes about feeding hummingbirds. I concur on all points except the first. All of the information I've read indicates that feeders are a supplement to their diet. Flower nectar and insects are generally preferred with feeders providing an extra boost for their daily activities. And a clean feeder is certainly critical!

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