Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird Feeders
Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird Feeders provide nutrition to the only bird that can fly backwards. Hummingbirds are a tiny and fast bird, and they drink nectar and sugar water for energy, and eat insects for nutrition. Hummingbird feeders can be found in a large variety of colors and designs, and can be left out year round. Glass hummingbird feeders are extremely popular. The glass reflects the sun, and creates a beautiful vision to behold.

Hummingbirds prefer a solution that is 1:5 table sugar to water. The hummingbird sugar water can be attractive to bees as well. To keep bees from harassing your hummingbirds, simply place a second feeder nearby with a solution of 5:1 sugar to water. Bees will leave the hummingbird feeder with less sugar for the more sugary solution.

Hummingbird feeders that are brightly colored with accents of red seem to attract hummingbirds quite well. Adding a red or bright feeding port helps to guide the birds to the feeding station. Planting flowers such as open throated red or blue flowers near your feeder will also help.

Accessories to the feeders that are often useful are any moats and squirrel baffles. Feeders should be placed outside of direct sunlight, and look into adding a shade for comfort from sun and rain.

Great hummingbird resources are available through the Hummingbird Society at www.hummingbirdsociety.org.