It can be tricky to get hummingbirds coming to your yard, but once you have the right environment they will visit and return often. Here are the top 8 things the hummingbird society recommends for success:
Provide a place for bathing:
- More than most birds, hummers need to bathe regularly, due to the sticky nature of nectar.
- They prefer very shallow, moving water, or a spray mist.
- Placing nesting material near a feeder may attract female hummingbirds to nest near you, so you will be more likely to see them during the 5-7 weeks they are brooding or caring for their young.
- “Hummer Helper®” is a practical nesting material and is available at many bird stores and garden centers.
- Hummer nests are often re-used, wholly or in part.
- Leave a nest in place; it is illegal to possess a nest or any part of it without a permit.
- Hummingbirds don’t use “birdhouses” for their nests, because they are not cavity nesters.
- Hummers return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before. Give them a reason to come back to you!
Source: Hummingbird Society