First, it’s important to note that hummers are migratory birds. Where you live will determine what time of year you’ll see the birds. Humming birds are migratory birds, so you will not be able to see them all year round, even if you have nectar in your Humming bird feeder. You will generally start to see humming birds in the spring once the weather is warm and then through out the summer.
Want to know how to attract beautiful Hummingbirds to your garden? Give them the food they like nectar. Nectar placed into a Humming bird feeder will draw Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds will eat more than twice their bodyweight in nectar, so having Humming bird feeders placed throughout your garden will help in their search for more food. There are a large variety of Humming bird feeders that you can choose from, that will decorate your garden nicely.
Essentially Hummingbirds need the nectar to power the insect eating machine that they are. The nectar provides the calories that they need, while the soft-bodied insects and spiders provide the protein. Banana peels that are overripe are good to set out to attract the flies for your Hummingbirds. I have a box of bananas and within a short period of time, I am inundated with flies.
Now back to the Hummingbird feeders.
Perky Pet Humming bird feeders offer endless designs for you to choose from. Some models come in the shape of strawberries or apples. Their body shape is bright red, which helps to attract the birds attention as Hummingbirds love the color red. Its shatterproof and holds about 48oz. of nectar. If your Hummingbirds prefer one style over another, its probably simply a matter of familiarity. If you change feeders, it may be in your best interest to hang the old one empty alongside the new one. I would recommend the HummZinger and similar well-designed basin feeders for their ruggedness as well as their ease of maintenance.
You then have the Hummingbird Oasis feeder varieties from Perky Pet. These Humming bird feeders have a built-in ant moat that is between the feeding ports and the rod. With 6 feeding stations each has an individual perch and yellow flower feeding port.
Where to hang your feeder? A new humming bird feeder may be found sooner by hummingbirds if it is hung over or near a garden of hummingbird plants. My feeders are near windows, where I can watch and enjoy them: one is in a living room window, another outside the kitchen. But, as a word of caution, ensure that your window has a blind or drawn curtain behind it to prevent your Hummingbirds from flying into the window.
Here’s the recipe for artificial nectar (syrup):
Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
The fastest recorded wing beat rate was about 80 per second, on a tiny Amethyst Woodstar, and the slightly smaller Bee Hummingbird – the world’s smallest bird – may have an even faster rate. Truly a remarkable bird of creation.