Knowing how to attract hummingbirds to your backyard or garden will give you a better chance to see the little guys flying around more often than not.
By taking advantage of proper feeder placement, using the right foods and making your backyard more attractive to birds you’ll be able to see more hummingbirds around before you know it!
It’s not always easy to get everything perfect but as long as you make an effort to implement some of the tips you learn down below you’ll be well on your way to turning your backyard into a hummingbird hotspot.
Helpful and Practical Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds
Pick Up a Bird Bath
If you already have some feeders around your garden or backyard then it’s a good idea to go ahead and pick up a bird bath to start using as well.
Birds enjoy bathing regularly, but hummingbirds like to take advantage of sources of fresh, flowing water more often.
This is because they spend a lot of time around sticky substances like nectar or the sugar mixture you left out and being so close to flowers they often become covered in pollen as well.
Being covered in nectar or pollen can actually impact their ability to fly so hummingbirds always like to stay clean and bathe themselves regularly.
When it comes to which bird bath to use, you’ll want to look for ones that feature moving water and are very shallow.
You can also consider using ones that give out a little spray or mist, but you want to avoid any that are too deep because hummingbirds are quite small and don’t need much water for cleaning.
Make the Area Around Your Home Welcoming
Although you might already have properly positioned the feeders you’re using and you’ve added the proper ratio of sugar water mixture to them, there are still some things you can do to make your backyard or garden more welcoming to hummingbirds.
It’s a good idea to start by finding some natural nesting material and positioning it nearby to your feeders.
Piles of small twigs, string, moss or anything else natural that’s very fluffy are good to use and set out if you want to make it easier for the little guys to build their nests and stay close by.
There are even some products you can pick up online, like the Songbird Essentials Hummer Helper, that are made up of materials similar to the natural ones that the hummingbirds like to use when they’re building a nest.
If you’re able to encourage the small birds to create their nests either in your backyard or nearby then you’re going to be a lot more likely to see them flying around, especially while they’re brooding and caring for their babies.
Maintain Your Feeders
When I wrote about feeding hummingbirds I mentioned that they enjoy a properly mixed ratio of table sugar and water.
It’s always a good idea to make an effort to use the proper ratio every time and remember to alter it depending on the season as well.
Additionally, maintaining the feeders that you have in your backyard is important for the overall health of the hummingbirds that are visiting and if they’re well fed and able to enjoy clean, fresh food then they’re going to keep coming back as long as you keep setting it out.
You really want to avoid letting the sugar water mixture that you’re using ferment and make sure you clean the feeders on a regular basis to keep out ants and other pests.
Set-Up Some Snag Perches
Hummingbirds are beating their wings so fast that it’s easy to see how they can become tired.
Every bird likes to perch somewhere, whether they’re taking a break, eating or hunting, and even hummingbirds like finding somewhere that they can relax when they’re not feeding or flying around.
In your backyard, it’s a good idea to set-up some snag perches for the little guys to perch on.
A snag perch can be easily made and all you need to do is stick a dead branch vertically into the ground so that it stands upright.
The hummingbirds like to perch on the end of the branch as this gives them a great vantage point to look for insects in the air and to keep an eye out for predators.
Make sure that you don’t stick the snag perch too close to the feeder, about 50 feet or more away from it, but also make sure that the feeder can be seen from the perch so that the hummingbirds are able to keep an eye on it and visit it when they please.
Use More Than One Feeder
Hummingbirds are quite territorial, especially when it comes to the male ones, and will scare other ones away once they find a specific feeder that they like to use.
I like using the window hummingbird feeders that you just stick onto the exterior of your windows but it’s a good idea to have some other ones in your backyard as well.
I recommend setting up a few different feeders around your garden and backyard so that any of the more aggressive and territorial hummingbirds can have their own and there will still be plenty of options available for the other more timid and less aggressive ones.
Keep the Area Clean
This is a good idea for attracting any birds but it works well with hummingbirds as well.
You always want to strive to keep your garden and backyard free from too much debris and you never want to place any feeders too to any trees, bushes or shrubs.
Hummingbirds like to feed in areas where they’re able to keep an eye out on their surroundings so that they’re not caught unaware by any predators and the wide open spaces give them much more room to fly around and find somewhere more comfortable to perch.
I definitely recommend using some plants that do attract birds but you’re going to want to keep the hummingbird feeders a good distance away from any densely planted or messy areas.