Attracting Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds are a charming and welcome addition to any yard. They provide pollination and insect control services, as well as much entertainment.

 

Many people choose to attract Hummingbirds by providing nectar feeders. This is a great way to provide high energy food for these active little birds. Care must be taken to ensure feeders are kept clean to prevent illness. Empty your feeder every two to three days and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Use a bottle brush to loosen any debris. If your feeder shows signs of mold or the nectar turns milky or has dark spots in it, the nectar has spoiled and the feeder must be sanitized prior to re-use. To sanitize your feeder, add ¼ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water and soak the feeder, fully submerged, for 60 minutes. Use a bottle brush to remove any debris. Rinse the feeder thoroughly with water to ensure all traces of bleach are removed. Sanitizing feeders once a month is a good way to ensure the feeder remains safe.

 

For a more natural way to attract Hummingbirds, provide food and shelter plants. Tall trees are ideal for nesting, especially for Anna’s Hummingbirds, which reside in the Pacific Northwest year round. Be sure to always provide a source of clean water. Misters are especially attractive to Hummingbirds.

 

Plants that attract Hummingbirds include the following:

 

ANNUALS & PERENNIALS

Alstroemeria, Anise Hyssop, Aster, Bee Balm, Bleeding Heart, Cardinal Flower, Catnip, Clematis, Cleome, Columbine, Coral Bells, Cosmos, Crocosmia, Daylily, Delphinium, Flowering Tobacco, Foxglove, Gladiolas, Hardy Fuchsia, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Hosta, Lavender, Lupine, Penstemon, Petunia, Pokers, Rosemary, Salvia, Sage, Snapdragon, Zinnia

 

TREES & SHRUBS

Abelia, Beauty Bush, Bottlebrush, California Lilac, Camellia, Cotoneaster, Currant, Elderberry, Escallonia, Honeysuckle, Horsechestnut, Juniper, Lilac, Quince, Redbud, Strawberry Tree, Viburnum, Weigela

 

RESOURCES

www.birdfeeding.org

http://www.boskydellnatives.com/hummingbirds.htm

http://www.hummingbirdsociety.org/

http://www.wildbirdshop.com/Birding/birding.html