Tips for Enjoying and Attracting Hummingbirds

Follow these easy trips for enjoying and attracting hummingbirds this summer!

Rob Ripma

Whether you are in the eastern US where we only get one hummingbird species or if you are out west where there are many species, hummingbirds are likely one of your favorite backyard visitors. Since we all really want to have lots of hummers at our feeders, I’ve put together my top 5 tips for enjoying and attracting hummingbirds.

This White-eared Hummingbird is enjoying a feeder in Southeast Arizona.

This White-eared Hummingbird is enjoying a feeder in Southeast Arizona.

1. Keep Those Feeders Clean – Hummingbirds love clean feeders and fresh nectar, and in the heat of summer, it’s a good idea to clean your feeder out every few days. If your nectar looks cloudy, then you should clean the feeder out and fill it with fresh nectar (4 parts water to 1 part sugar).

2. Avoid the Red Dye – You’ll hear from a lot of people that you HAVE to use red dye in your feeder in order to attract hummingbirds, but I’m here to tell you that is just not true. Hummingbirds are attracted to many bright colors and most hummingbird feeders are covered in those colors. Red dye is at unnecessary and at worst a potential harmful additive.

As you can see, this Anna's Hummingbird is enjoying dye-free nectar at this feeder.

As you can see, this Anna’s Hummingbird is enjoying dye-free nectar at this feeder.

3. Plant Flowers – Planting flowers that hummingbirds love to feed from is a great way to lure more of these amazing birds to your yard. Learn more about the best plants and flowers for hummingbirds in this awesome article from Birds & Blooms!

4. Hummers Love Mist – Finding water is very important to all birds including hummingbirds. I’ve found that they love to drink and bathe in a light mist. There are many products that you can buy to attach to your garden hose to create a light mist. Just attach it to a tree or to your birdbath, and watch the hummers drink and play!

5. Avoid Ants – Ants and hummingbirds don’t mix. Ants love to drink nectar just like hummingbirds do so it’s best to attach your feeder to a simple ant moat to keep them away. Just fill your ant moat with water and hang your feeder from it to keep your feeder ant free and your hummingbirds happy!

What other tips to do you have for enjoying hummingbirds in your backyard all summer?

  1. Dorry says

    I have enjoyed your tips on hummingbirds. I
    love the magazine. I use it all the time in my classroom. Keep up the good work.

  2. Lydia says

    My hummingbirds love the trees I have near my feeders. The small dead twigs provide perches and the leaf cover provides protection and shade for them. They also act as staging areas for them to get their turns at the feeders

  3. Kathleen says

    Hummerbirds are creatures of habit. If you are hanging a new style of nectar feeder, tape a length of red ribbon to the bottom. As it moves, it will attract the curious hummer. Leave it on until the hummer feeds off it. You can remove it at the next cleaning because it has been accepted as a “new flower”. Also, if you find mold growing on your feeder, clean with white vinegar. It’s an “old-fashion” disinfectant and rinses cleanly.

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