Ruby Red-Throated Hummingbird
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They key to attracting hummingbirds is knowing and providing what these delicate little creatures need to survive; food, shelter and water. Sounds rather simple, huh?
Well, yes and no. You need to know that they don't eat bird food, don't live in bird houses, and that birdbaths are not a sufficient water source.
How to Provide the Right Environment
to Attract Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds get their food from plant nectar. Plant bright colored flowers and/or provide a nectar alternative. Check out The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe for an easy recipe that will attract them in no time!
Hummingbirds require a freshwater supply where ever they are lodging. Not necessarily for drinking but bathing and entertainment. Providing some form of fountain, sprinkler or other source of fresh, running water will attract hummingbirds. They not only enjoy bathing, but actually enjoy 'playing' in the water.
Hummingbirds do not stay in birdhouses. Instead, they build tiny little nests that house themselves and their young. For obvious reasons such as weather, security and protection, they build their nests in densely wood bushes and trees. Make sure you have a few shrubs or bushes close by so that they can build a nice and cozy little home.