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How to attract Hummingbirds to your backyard

Some people find it easy to attract hummingbirds, just put up a red nectar hummingbird feeder and they magically appear.  If that doesn't work for you, here are some more tips.

  1. Hummingbirds appear when the weather warms in the northern states.  A great website for monitoring the humminbird migration is found at Hummingbirds.net click here to link to the site.
  2. Here are some plants that hummingbirds love:
    1. trees
      1. Trumpet Honeysuckle
      2. Vines Honeysuckle
      3. Locust
      4. Flowering Crab
      5. Tulip Poplar
      6. Eucalyptus
      7. Monring Glory
    2. Shrubs
      1. Butterfly Bush
      2. Honeysuckle
      3. Weigela
      4. Flowering Quince
      5. Azaleas
    3. Flowers
      1. Petunia
      2. Hollyhocks
      3. Begonia
      4. Impatients
      5. Fuchsias
      6. Columbine
      7. Lantana
      8. Cardinal Flower
      9. Coral-Bells
      10. Penstemen
      11. Geranium
      12. Flowering Tobacco
  3. While hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, they will eat from any nectar producing flower.  Since they are attracted to the color red, make sure you buy a red colored hummingbird feeder.  If you need a little more red, try hanging a red bow next to the feeder.  A great way to find these is right after Christmas, when the red bows in the holiday section go on clearance.
  4. Of course, once you attract the hummingbirds with sweet nectar, others will come...including bees, wasps and ants.  So, when you purchase a hummingbird feeder, look for one that is bee proof.  The best on the market include the Best-1 Hummingbird Feeder, the Droll Yankee Happy-8 and the Aspects line of HummZinger Hummingbird feeders.  Many hummingbird feeders have built-in ant moats.  In general, these moats are too small for most ants.  We suggest if you encounter an ant problem, add a large ant moat, like the Nectar Protector Ant Moat, available at Barn in the Sticks.  If you still encounter a bee swarm, take down the feeder at night, when the bees are not active, or simply let it run out, then move it or put it away until the bees find a new food source, then put it back up.