A lovely hummingbird feeder hangs filled and forlorn in your landscape, attracting nothing but ants and yellow jackets. What’s up with that? If your neighbors are offering a more enticing feast, you’ll have to up the ante to attract hummingbirds to your landscape. Even if the tiny birds have never been spotted in your vicinity, the more attractive and accessible the food and lodging is, the more likely hummingbirds will become regular visitors. Try these four ways to attract hummingbirds to your landscape, then get the camera ready.
Serve Fast Food
Sugar water is to hummingbirds what an energy drink is to humans, and with all the energy hummingbirds expend, they need all the sugar water they can get and they need it fast. Suspend a sugar-water filled feeder in a location that provides an easy pit stop for the fast flying birds. No need to add red food coloring to the water, a simple mixture of four parts water and one part sugar will provide a cheap fast food meal that will keep the birds coming back for more.
If you wish to serve the birds a more substantial meal, tack up a small piece of wood near the feeder to serve as a table and place small bits of fresh fruit on the table. Small bits of banana, apple, melons, peaches and other fruits attract fruit flies which are an attractive delicacy to hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds love to bathe just like any other bird, but they do it on the fly. A bird bath with a mister or an oscillating lawn sprinkler provides the bathing venue hummingbirds love. Provide the moving water and they will dart in and out of it between sips of fast food sugar water.
It may seem that fast moving hummingbirds never stop, but they do. If you provide secure overnight lodging the hummers will hang around. Hummingbirds prefer a high perch on hidden branches, like those of an evergreen tree or crape myrtle bush, to keep them safe from predators while they rest . Plant some shelter providing trees or bushes in your landscape and the hummers will come for the summer.
Late Blooming Flowers
Plant a few flowers that will bloom in late summer to keep the color going in your landscape and provide a natural source of nectar for hummingbirds. Any bright red or orange tubular shaped flower will attract hummingbirds. Salvia, bee balm, butterfly weed, hyssop and lantana are a few late blooming flowers that hummers love.