Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden This Year

If you’re like me, spring hasn’t quite sprung. I’m dealing with a February snowstorm dumping snow and ice outside. But that doesn’t stop me from planning for spring. It will be here sooner than you think. And that means, hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds are very easy to attract, and since they feast on mosquitoes in addition to sweet nectar, they’re little friends worth encouraging to hang around!

Tiny and enchanting, Hummingbirds are a delight to watch. They’re the only bird whose wings can rotate in a complete circle, allowing them to fly backward and forward, up and down, or even hover in one spot. If you’ve ever observed Hummingbirds feeding, you no doubt want to recreate the experience in your backyard.

Creating a Hummingbird Habitat

Planting for Hummingbirds

Hosta

Phlox

Honeysuckle

Butterfly Bush

Columbine

Nesting

To encourage Hummingbirds to nest, provide quiet, secluded areas where they can safely build their tiny nests. They typically make their dens over water, on overhangs of branches or bough covered paths between bushes. Since they prefer nesting near water, consider putting out a small tub with a few water plants in it, or adding a few water plants to your fountain! They craft their little nests using mosses, spider webs, and lichen. Fully built, their elaborate nests, complete with minuscule eggs tucked safely inside, look more suitable for the fairy gardens found in Irish folklore than the wilds of backyard Ontario.

Feeders

Location. Location. Location.

Just as in real estate, location is everything. Along with selecting a visible spot for your Hummingbird feeder, be sure to choose an area high enough to prevent neighborhood kitties, or small dogs, from using them as bait. Wild birds in the province are at an increased risk from our living-room lions and backyard hunters.

Feeding Hummingbirds is highly rewarding. Social and friendly hummingbirds are pure enjoyment for the entire family. And there’s nothing quite like that identifiable hum as they whiz past your head, while you’re refilling their feeders.

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