Hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds?

25 March, 2010 (05:06) | how to attract hummingbirds | By: admin


How can I attract Hummingbirds into my backyard? Are there certain types of flowers they are attracted to?

They like trumpet shaped flowers in bright red and orange, a vine called nightshade, and you can also get hummingbird feeders that you fill with sugar water for them. The site below has a long list of plants that hummingbirds like.
Hummingbirds like to nest in mature trees that are near the boundary between a treed area and an open area. They like willows, and generally nest in shade.
So if you can, plant your hummingbird-attracting flowers near some mature trees, or near willows or moving water if any is available.

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Comment from Zoe Ann Hinds
Time March 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

You should plant a garden with a long season of overlapping bloom, including plants such as the petunia, annual red salvia, autumn sage and shrimp plants, or the firebush.

You should plant flowers and plants which are native to your area of the country. You can find out information concerning the specific plants that grown in your area and attract hummingbirds by talking with someone from a plant nursery that is located where you live.

Your flower garden should have areas of sun, partial sun, and shade. If the area of your yard where you want to create the hummingbird habitat is sunny most of the day, then you need to plant trees and shrubs. If the area is entirely in the shade, you will want to open up the area to let large patches of sunlight in. Having areas that allow both sun and shade is necessary to grow a wide variety of plants.

You want your flower garden to consist of many levels of vegetation. The area should have some tall trees, some medium-height trees, some flowers, some grassy areas, as well as some shrubs. These different levels will provide the hummingbirds a variety of choices of where to feed or where to perch to rest or roost.

You want to plant lots of flowers including those that are known to attract hummingbirds as well as others. You should select a variety of flowers that will bloom at different times, because there will always be something flowering. The flowers will serve two very important purposes: they will provide a source of nectar for the hummingbirds, and they will also attract insects on which the birds will feed.

It is also important for your flower garden to have a source of water available for the hummingbirds. One way to do this is by having a birdbath available. The birdbath should have a very shallow water depth to allow the birds to stand in the water if they choose to do so. Adding some small flat rocks to the birdbath will create different water depths within the birdbath.

Having a wide variety of plants will provide the female hummingbird a wide variety of nesting materials from which to choose.

Your hummingbird garden should also contain some perches so the hummingbirds can survey the territory. You might want to create some perches that give the birds a good view over the flowers.

Pesticides should never be used in a hummingbird garden! The hummingbird can ingest the pesticide while feeding on insects and spiders.

Comment from pissy_old_lady
Time March 25, 2010 at 10:18 am

Yes there are flowers to attract hummingbirds, but I found the birds really prefer a feeder.
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Comment from sam_shellybenitez
Time March 25, 2010 at 10:46 am

Humming bird feeders from any walmart or whatever is close fill with sugar water and red food color dye! Works every time.
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Comment from masia l
Time March 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

humming birds are attracted to red flowers so plant red flowers in your yard or buy tose hanging thinges the put honey in them.
member humming birds are attracted to red.
go look up on the net or in the library and get books!
well GOODLUCK!!!! (wat r u waiting 4!)
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Comment from birdgirl
Time March 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

you can hang a hummingbird feeder. Just heat water and sugar (4 parts water to 1 part sugar), cool and fill up a feeder. It may take a little time for them to find it, so be patient.
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Comment from cloverydudette
Time March 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddleja
^ That is where you can find info on the butterfly bush. The red kind will attract not only butterflies but also hummingbirds.
I’ve also found that jewelweed works quite well. Plus it treats poison ivy. >http://altnature.com/jewelweed.htm
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Comment from Bryer B
Time March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

get a humming bird feeder
i have one out my office window there are like 10 birds that fight over it
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Comment from rhsaunders
Time March 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Hummingbirds have a very simple conception of flowers: anything that is red. Including bicycle tail reflectors.
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Comment from it’s easy
Time March 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Get some hummingbird feeders. WalMart, drugstores and even dollars stores carry them for about $2. each.

You can make your own food to fill the feeders;
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4 cups water
1 cup sugar
DO NOT add red food color – it is bad for the birds.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Cool.
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When it cools, fill feeders and hang them outside on branches that face your windows so you can watch them feed..
Space the feeders far apart because some hummingbirds are territorial and will not share the feeder.
*You can keep the extra liquid in a container and store in the fridge.

I like to make a gallon at a time (which is the recipe above X 4) so that I always have some handy. The feeders need to be refilled twice a week. Wash them with soapy water once a week.
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Comment from mother_amethyst
Time March 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

They like trumpet shaped flowers in bright red and orange, a vine called nightshade, and you can also get hummingbird feeders that you fill with sugar water for them. The site below has a long list of plants that hummingbirds like.
Hummingbirds like to nest in mature trees that are near the boundary between a treed area and an open area. They like willows, and generally nest in shade.
So if you can, plant your hummingbird-attracting flowers near some mature trees, or near willows or moving water if any is available.
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http://www.thegardenhelper.com/hummingbird.html

Comment from Judy D
Time March 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Either a hummingbird feeder, or a hanging plant called a Fuschia. They love red flowers, esp. trumpet shaped ones, but mainly Fuschia’s……..just make sure they are red.
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Comment from Sandy H
Time March 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Yes I plant Zinnia’s in my front flower bed and have a feeder hanging in front of the window. I have lots of hummingbirds and butterflies all summer. I also plant a wildflower mix. It is so pretty and fun to watch the birds.
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http://stores.ebay.com/S-B-PET-PRODUCTS