As fall migration approaches, the number of questions that I receive about hummingbirds tends to increase greatly. For some reason, there are more myths and misinformation floating around about this species than almost any other. If you’re looking to attract the most hummingbirds this autumn, follow these three simple tips for the best results.
1. Leave those feeders up! There is a very common myth that leaving your hummingbird feeders up will cause the birds not to migrate. This is simply not true. By leaving your feeder up, you can help any late migrants survive as they make their way south. Also, sometimes, a surprise species might arrive late in the season, such as Rufous Hummingbird!
2. Late summer/early fall tends to be the time when the most bee and wasp issues arise at hummingbird feeders. Be sure to choose a feeder style that helps to prevent the feeder from being overrun with bees and wasps. The hummingbirds will appreciate it. I personally would recommend that saucer style feeders. Not only can you add bee guards to many of them but they are incredibly easy to keep clean,
3. As always keep your feeders clean and your nectar fresh. With cooler temperatures, the nectar in your feeders should last a bit long but with the increase in the number of hummingbirds, it might not be out there long enough to go bad!
As an bonus tip, it’s always best to make your own nectar. Just mix 4 parts water with 1 part sugar. There is no need to add red dye to the mix!