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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden
April 13, 2022
Bring on the hummingbirds! For centuries, gardeners have been fascinated with the beauty and aerobatics of these flying jewels. The key to attracting hummingbirds to your garden is to plant nectar-rich flowers and provide a friendly habitat. See our plant list and tips!
Hummingbirds also need a habitat that will give them food, water, shelter, and security. Here’s what attracts hummingbirds:
Provide lots of space between plants to give hummingbirds enough room to hover and navigate from flower to flower.
Hummingbirds need shade. Herbs, flowering shrubs, dwarf trees, and vines can all be used to create an ideal tiered habitat from ground level to 10 feet or more.
Hummingbirds love water, especially if it’s moving. A gentle, continuous spray from a nozzle or a sprinkler hose is perfect for a bath on the fly.
Hummingbirds do not have a keen sense of smell and rely on bright colors to find their food. They are particularly fond of red and are often observed investigating feeders with red parts, red plant labels, red thermometers, and even red clothes on a gardener.
Note: Do not use red dye in a hummingbird feeder; there is concern that it may harm the birds. Instead, use plain, clear sugar water (1 part white sugar mixed with 4 parts water). The birds love it! If your feeder does not have red on it, attach a red label or other item to attract them.
An often-asked question is, “Why do hummingbirds hum?” We can’t say for certain, but suspect that it might be because they don’t know the words! All jokes aside, the real answer is that hummingbirds are capable of beating their wings up to 80 beats per second, producing a buzz audible to human ears.
Fun Facts About Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are one of the most interesting birds! Here are some fun facts about these little birds:
Bee hummingbirds are the tiniest of all birds, weighing less than an ounce and measuring only 2 inches long.
Their brightly-colored, iridescent feathers and quick movements make them appear to be living sun catchers—hence one nickname, “flying jewels.”
Hummingbirds have the unique ability to fly in any direction, even backward, with their wings beating up to a blurring 80 beats per second.
They can hover in mid-air when sipping nectar from brightly–colored flowers with their long, slender beaks.
While whizzing about the garden, hummingbirds expend so much energy that they must eat at least half their body weight each day to replace the calories that they burn up. This means eating almost constantly—from sunrise to sunset—and visiting over a thousand flowers every day.