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Attracting hummingbirds to your yard is a fun and easy way to enjoy nature up close. By providing the right food and habitat, you can make your yard a haven for these beautiful creatures.

In this article, we will discuss why it is important to provide food for hummingbirds, how to choose the right feeder and how to take care of it. Read on for more information about attracting hummingbirds.

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Ways To Attract Nesting Hummingbirds

The following are some of the main ideas that can help you accomplish the goal of attracting hummingbirds.

Purchase a hummingbird feeder

A simple but effective way to welcome these beautiful birds into your yard is by hanging a hummingbird feeder in a convenient location. A feeder with red on it is most likely to attract hummingbirds. However, you can purchase a variety of feeders at your local garden center or online; there are also many styles of feeders available that make viewing the birds easier.

Plant flowers that attract hummingbirds 

It is wise to plant flowers that attract hummingbirds in your yard. The flowers should be bright and fragrant, such as Mexican petunia or bee balm. Other types of flowers to plant include trumpet creeper vines, honeysuckle, and morning glories. You can also add a water feature, such as a stream or pond with lilies, to help attract the birds.

Hang the feeder near a window in your house for easy viewing

For easy viewing, hang a glass-sided hummingbird feeder near a window facing outside. This way you can enjoy watching them up close without disturbing their activities. Cleaning and refilling the feeder will not require going outside to fill it with nectar every time it is empty – although you will still need to keep it filled if you want the birds to continue visiting your yard.

Clean and refill the feeder every few days to keep it from molding or spilling out on the ground below 

Keeping your hummingbird feeder clean and filled with fresh nectar is a good way to make sure the birds will come back time and again. The nectar should be changed every three to four days, which can get cumbersome if you have many feeders. You may want to invest in a larger feeder that attaches to a base so you don't have to refill it quite as often.

Keep an eye out for signs of nesting activity, such as eggs being laid in nearby trees, so you can stop feeding them before they have chicks. 

If you pay close attention to what's going on around your yard during the spring and summer months when there are more hungry birds around, you should be able to determine when a nest is ready for eggs or young chicks. If you know that hummingbirds are nesting in the area, take the feeder down before the mother has her babies so they are not left without food. If there are already chicks in the nest when you notice them, take them back up immediately so their parents can feed them.

When to put out hummingbird feeders

In general, put out your feeders as soon as you see hummers in the neighborhood

The best time to put up hummingbird feeders is during nesting season – early spring and late summer – since that's when hummers are building nests and feeding babies. If you don't have a lot of flowers blooming in your yard year-round, hang up a nectar feeder and their favorite sugar water to help these beautiful birds survive.

Knowing when to put out hummingbird feeders is easy to do; you will know it is time to put your feeders out when you see one or more hummingbirds in the area. If you live in a cold climate and it seems like there are no hummers around, wait until early spring before putting out any food.

Making a butterfly garden

If you have a garden in your yard, try planting some flowers that are attractive to butterflies. Some examples include buddleia, zinnias, coreopsis, coneflowers, and milkweed.

Butterflies will be eager to lay their eggs on these plants because they offer the nectar that adult butterflies need for energy. The babies that hatch from these eggs will then have plenty of food when they are born into the world to grow big and strong.

If you don't want to make it look like a butterfly farm in your backyard, you can plant certain species separately around the edge of your property. You can even coordinate with neighbors about what different parts of the neighborhood should plant so each spot will look beautiful.

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Making a butterfly garden is easy to do if you have a larger garden with a specific space for it in your yard. If you don't, it will still be simple for you to pick up some flowers at the local grocery store or nursery and plant them around your property.

Final thoughts on attracting nesting hummingbirds 

In conclusion, attracting nesting hummingbirds is a unique experience that brings us closer to nature. Hummingbirds are elegant, small birds that can brighten up your day with their beauty and charm. Although they don't require much from us to attract them, it's still nice to have a garden or yard where they'd find it comfortable to settle down.

Having nesting hummingbirds live near you means being able to observe them closely. This is important because you get the opportunity of learning more about how they behave, what places appeal to them most for nesting purposes, and much more.

Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy

Heather is a professional writer with a background in real estate and home renovation. She enjoys research and contributing to DIY publications and loves to review home products and appliances.

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