When is the best time to put hummingbird feeders out in Illinois. Where do they nest.?

When is the best time to put hummingbird feeders out in Illinois. Where do they nest.?

20 March, 2010 (06:32) | hummingbird nest | By: admin



You can keep track of their northward-migration here:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

It’s fun to see them get closer to your area. I would put out the feeders when you start seeing sightings within 100 miles or so of your location.

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Comments

Comment from eagle
Time March 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

In your area, probably as soon as the weather turns warm and there are no more freezes. I’m in the South and we sometimes leave our feeders out year round. A few birds will come even in colder weather. The hummers nest in trees and bushes, just like other birds. A tip, don’t buy expensive feed (sugar water) from the store. Make your own. Use a pitcher of tap water with as much sugar added as the water will absorb. You can add red food color if you like, but it is not necessary. The birds will come anyway. Don’t use fruit juices as some are not good for the hummers. There is a lot of info on the Internet. Good luck.
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Comment from theonlytufrose
Time March 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

About the middle to the end of May. They are late coming out.
The nest in bushes and in wooded areas.
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Comment from austinvillegirl
Time March 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Put feeders out in mid April….. Hummers like nesting in pine trees. Nests are about the diameter of a quarter and are easily missed by the untrained eye. Wonderful to watch if you can find!
Also try planting flowers that attract them….I have penstemon, butterfly bushes and butterfly flowers, agastache, hostas (when blooming), and a vine called ‘cardinal flower’. The flowers, along with several feeders should attract them to your yard.
The correct ratio for home-made food is 3 parts water to 1 part sugar. This is important for the birds. Don’t add the food coloring – unnecessary.
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experience – in ne iowa, I have hummers from very early spring until late fall.

Comment from Richard H
Time March 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Plant a flowering quince they love um. put the feeders out in may. They will plot a course for your yard every year if you have a quince Yum yum . plant pines and they will camp in your yard from time to time.
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Comment from Cat
Time March 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

You can keep track of their northward-migration here:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

It’s fun to see them get closer to your area. I would put out the feeders when you start seeing sightings within 100 miles or so of your location.
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Comment from bigmama35
Time March 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

In mid April! They will nest in the shadiest wooded area near your feeder. If your porch has an awning built of wood they will find a corner in the awning to nest, otherwise it will be the nearest tree.
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Comment from jenilyn
Time April 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

thanks for the helpful information! We got our first hummingbirds last year so I was waiting to find the best time to put out my feeder- literally counting down the weeks- and I saw the link to the migration map- there have been several sitings near and north of me- I wasn’t even going to put the feeder out for another few weeks…. Hmmm… Hope I see my buddies soon! 🙂

Comment from Roae Gregory
Time April 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I live in Southern Illinois and want to put my humming bird feeder out when is the best time to put it out?

Comment from Andrea
Time March 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

late March or early April is when they normally get to southern Illinois

Don’t spend cash on the store humming bird food make your own. Leave out the red food coloring it is bad for the birds digestion, just mix 1 part sugar into 3 or 4 parts water and you will have a great hummingbird snack

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