The Lake Hills City Birds

Feeding Hummingbirds

Feeding Hummingbirds

The only hummingbird I have seen in my yard so far is the Ruby-throated hummingbird. I have several of them here right now, fighting over the feeders. In the city, hummingbirds like neighborhoods with mature trees and shrubs. They like gardens with plenty of flowers.

Did you know that the location of a hummingbird feeder is more important than the color? Some people place the feeders close to a window, which can be a hazard to hummingbirds. It is recommended to hang the hummingbird feeder at least 15 feet away from windows to prevent the birds from hitting the glass.

Ideally, the feeder should be positioned 10-12 feet from trees or bushes where the hummingbirds can safely fly to if they sense danger. Predators such as cats, hawks, blue jays, grackles, and owls have been known to prey on hummingbirds, so it’s essential to hang the feeders in areas where the birds can enjoy their meal without fear of harm. If you have a cat, it is not advisable to hang the feeder on a tree limb. Using tall shepherd’s hooks is a good alternative.

Another important factor to consider is keeping the feeder clean. This particular hummingbird feeder features small glass balls, making it easier to clean. It is crucial to regularly change the sugar water, as stagnant water can develop harmful bacteria. Larger feeders should not be filled completely with sugar water, as it should be changed every few days. In temperatures above 90 degrees, the water should be changed daily or every other day, while on cooler days, it can be left for 2-3 days. Proper education and adherence to best practices are essential when feeding hummingbirds.

In addition to their nectar and sugar water diet, hummingbirds are known to include insects in their meals. I have personally witnessed these agile creatures skillfully capturing mosquitoes and gnats on the fly. It is fascinating how their diet incorporates both sweet floral nectar and small insects, making them versatile and resourceful feeders. Creating a garden full of flowers can greatly enhance the chances of attracting more hummingbirds to your yard.