8 Tips For a Hummingbird Friendly Yard

HummingbirdFeederIt can be tricky to get hummingbirds coming to your yard, but once you have the right environment you’ll have the visiting and coming back for more! Here are the top 8 things the hummingbird society recommends for success:

Provide a place for bathing:

  • More than most birds, hummers need to bathe regularly, due to the sticky nature of nectar.
  • They prefer very shallow, moving water, or a spray mist.

Nesting:

  • Placing nesting material near a feeder may attract female hummingbirds to nest near you, so you will be more likely to see them during the 5-7 weeks they are brooding or caring for their young.
  • “Hummer Helper®” is a practical nesting material and is available at many bird stores and garden centers.
  • Hummer nests are often re-used, wholly or in part.
  • Leave a nest in place; it is illegal to possess a nest or any part of it without a permit.
  • Hummingbirds don’t use “birdhouses” for their nests, because they are not cavity nesters.

Spoil Them:

  • Hummers return to sites where they found  good food supplies the year before. Give them a reason to come back to you!

Source: Hummingbird Society

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