Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to Attract Hummingbirds

attract hummingbirds

Did you know that you can attract hummingbirds to your yard just by adding a few things to your landscape? Not only will you attract hummingbirds, but in the process you will be adding beautiful decor, flowers and even a few extra features that will also enhance your curb appeal. Many people don't realize what it takes for hummingbirds to survive and therefore, aren't able to draw them in.

Here in Florida, we have hummingbirds visiting from mid-March until it begins to turn cold in late October. We usually have any where from five to twelve different visitors that hang around each year. My dad has even more, and has to refill his feeders daily! The key is to provide the things they need to survive and feel at home.

To attract hummingbirds you need to know what they need to survive and make sure that you are providing it adequately. There are three things that every hummingbird needs:  food, water and shelter. And, those three things are the typical food, water or shelter that you would provide for your other feathered friends. Here you will learn everything you need to know to attract hummingbirds to your yard and feeders, and keep them coming back year after year.

Hummingbirds Rely On a Constant  Food Supply!

Dads hummingbird feedersWhat Do Hummingbirds Eat? They rely heavily on nectar from plants and hummingbird feeders. You can make your own nectar with this hummingbird food recipe, or you can purchase store bought nectar that can be mixed with water and added to the feeder. Either way, just be sure to use distilled water to prevent them from taking in harmful chemicals and additives.

When making your own hummingbird food never add dye. Many people believe you have to add the dye to attract them with the bright red color. That is not so! The dye used in store bought foods are usually organic and come from certain types of fruit found overseas. To make your own hummingbird food without dye check out The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe. Use hummingbird feeders that have brightly colored designs or bases on them, or add a bright ribbon. You can find hundreds of different style hummingbird feeders that range from simple but efficient, to beautiful, elaborate feeders HERE.

Aside from hummingbird nectar, hummingbirds also eat insects. When trying to attract them it is best to refrain from using insecticides on or around your plants. Hummingbirds eat spiders and many other creepy- crawly insects, as well.

Here are a few of the basic-style hummingbird feeders that work very well:

Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

hummingbird plants
Creative Commons Image
by Mdf, Edited by Laitche
Attracting hummingbirds with plants is simple. When planning your flowerbeds, incorporate plants, trees and bushes that have bright colored blooms such as reds, oranges, yellows and pinks. Fragrant blossoms that are bell or trumpet shaped are even better.

A few common plants that attract hummingbirds:

Bee Balm
Canna Lilies
Honey Suckle
Butterfly Bushes

Providing the Right Shelter

Public Domain Image
Hummingbird nest
with two babies inside
Have you ever seen a hummingbird coming out of a hummingbird house? Of course not. Hummingbirds do not use birdhouses. Instead, they build nests in bushes and trees. 

If you want to attract hummingbirds you will need to plant bushes and shrubs nearby so that they have a hidden place to create a safe shelter for them and their babies.

When they are not feeding or nesting they will take a moment to rest or preen on perches. Perches can be made using various things that have very thin materials such as wires, clothes lines, thin limbs and yard ornaments that have thin metal arches on them.

{FYI: Don't ever be tricked by merchants selling 'hummingbird houses'. Hummingbirds do not live in birdhouses.}

Supply Fresh Running Water

Hummingbirds need clean water to keep them close to home. Bird bathes filled with fresh water will help. If you really want to attract them you can go the typical birdbath and treat them to a source of running water.

Hummingbirds are even more attracted to running water commonly found in fountains, sprinklers, misters and other forms of moving water. They enjoy flying through the moving water to keep cool and also, to clean themselves. Placing bright colored flowers near fountains and sprinklers are a great way to entice their presence.

You can find thousands of different style bird bathes and fountains online at sites like

hummingbird food recipe

How Do You Attract Hummingbirds?

Do you have hummingbirds in your yard? What have you found to be the most successful for attracting hummingbirds? Do you may your own food, use a fountain? I would love to hear about your successful {or unsuccessful} stories.

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  1. That is interesting. I love birds so maybe I will try this.
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  2. So interesting! And how useful! Such beautiful creatures they are! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend with you :) Happy Friday! #TGIF


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