Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Feeding Hummingbirds

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It is very enjoyable to have hummingbirds in your yard. These birds have such a large personality for such a cute little bird. There is nothing more entertaining then working in your garden only to find a little hummingbird waiting patiently for you to move away from their flowers so they can eat. You can make a great environment for these birds by combining feeds are strategically planting your gardens.

One of the easiest things you can do is put out a few feeders. There are quite a few feeders you can choose from. There are feeders that sit in your garden on poles that look like flowers. There are feeders that we are all familiar with seeing that hang from eaves or from shepherd’s hooks. There are also very ornate feeders that may fit artistic tastes better. Feeding them sugar water with red food coloring isn't quite okay for hummingbirds. What you really should feed them is specially made nector.

The second thing that can really attract hummingbirds to your yard is having a wide variety of flowers planted. Most trumpet shaped flowers are great for hummingbirds. Trumpet vine, honeysuckle, and cardinal flowers are very attractive food sources.

Hummingbirds are very attracted to the color red so if you can find any flowers in red that will really help the little hummingbirds out. Other good options for feeding the birds and bees is foxglove, bee balm, columbine, and lupine.

Providing them hiding spots is another way to help them stick around. Bushes, shade trees, and fruit trees allow the birds a place to nest and rest. They are a great bird and such a pleasure to have in the yard. You can even get a number of them to settle into your yard if you are lucky.

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