Bird watching is a great way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Bird watching can help with depression by allowing for more sun exposure, and tranquility. There are a lot of benefits for bird watching and there are so many beautiful birds to look for. One of the most intriguing birds to look out for are hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are unique and amazing creatures. They can sometimes be hard to catch because they are so quick. Here’s how to attract hummingbirds to your yard for endless bird watching.
Ways to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Plant Sweet Flowers
Hummingbirds love all things sweet. Honeysuckles and citrus plants are great for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Hummingbirds can also pollinate plants so they are good to have around your yard. Because hummingbirds have such a high metabolism, they need to eat about every 10-15 minutes. If you have sweet flowers around your yard, the hummingbirds will come back frequently to drink the nectar they provide.
Have a Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird feeders work really well at attracting the little birds. Hummingbird feeders are filled with sugar water. Sugar water closely resembles flower nectar so hummingbirds will really love it. Use 4 parts water and 1 part sugar to get the best result. Boil the water and let it cool, then put it in your hummingbird feeder. Hang the feeder anywhere you’ve seen hummingbirds before. If you haven’t seen any hummingbirds around before, hang the feeder in a spot that can be seen easily.
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Keep Some Bugs Around
Yes, sometimes having bugs around is not ideal. But having bugs around your house can have many benefits, including attracting hummingbirds. Hummingbirds cannot live off of nectar and sugar water alone. Hummingbirds need to eat a lot of bugs for protein to stay alive. The benefit of having bugs is that it will attract more hummingbirds and the bug situation will stay under control. It’s a win win situation!
Give Them Water
Hummingbirds can get their water from the feeder, or from dew on leaves but they need a lot of it to be satisfied. Use a mister in your garden for hummingbirds to fly through, they’ll love it! They avoid bird baths because they’re often too deep for them, but mist is easy for them to fly through and get the water they need. Small puddles of water might also attract them, as long as it’s not too deep.
If you love birds watching, try to attract hummingbirds to your yard. You’ll love watching them zip and zoom around. They are amazing to watch and fascinating to learn about. Their wings are a blur because they flap so fast, and their hearts can beat up to 1,000 beats per minute. These little guys will entertain and delight you if you can get them to consistently eat from your yard. The good thing about hummingbirds is that they remember where they get food. If you provide food for them one year, they will keep coming back year after year as long as you still have what they need. Let the bird watching begin!
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