Attracting hummingbirds is not hard to do and will provide many months of enjoyment watching them. Hummingbirds are perhaps one of the most fascinating birds to watch and attracting them is well worth the effort to attract them into your yard. When considering attracting this tiny creature, there are several things you can do in creating an habitat that will bring them buzzing to your yard.
The simplest way to start is simply by buying a hummingbird feeder. You may want a couple as hummingbirds can get really territorial and will fight and chase off other hummingbirds. It should always have some type of bright red on the feeder, do not color the nectar red as the food coloring can actually be harmful to it. You do not need to buy humming bird nectar; you can make your own by simply adding 1 part sugar to 4 parts hot water, stirring to dissolve then cooling. Keep the feeder clean and full and keep in mind never to use honey as honey can develop a fungus that is fatal to hummingbirds. If you have several feeders, they should be placed about 30 feet apart from each other.
The humming bird feeder should be enough to get you started, but to be really successful in attracting many hummingbirds, you may want to try creating a whole oasis for them, a habitat utopia if you will. To do this you will want to consider adding things such as suitable nesting material, shaded areas for perching, fresh drinking water available at all times and of course flowers rich in nectar that will attract them in rich shades of pink and reds.
In creating a flower garden for hummingbirds you get the additional benefit of many of the same flowers attracting butterflies as well! Not only will the flowers provide a food source for our hummingbird friends but provide them with needed shelter and possible nesting areas as well. If they choose to nest in your yard, they may become reliant on the food you provide and flower nectar is not always available so here is a good idea to use the feeders as a back up plan for them to use.
Flowers and bushes you can use to attract hummingbirds include pink sweet peas, butterfly bushes; hanging baskets with impatiens and red salvia are some great choices to begin with. Other types that come in perennial flowers are bee balm, four o’clocks, lupine, hummingbird mint and columbine. You may want to even add an angels trumpet vine to the humming bird garden. Fuchsia, shrimp plants and petunias can make some wonderful annual flowers to add.
With this mixture you will be sure to attract loads of hummingbirds and butterfly’s to your garden. Not only that but you will have a show stopping yard of bright and exuberant color in which to enjoy. In creating a beautiful yard and habitat for hummingbirds, it will provide endless entertainment for yourself and guests alike.