How to Get Hummingbirds to Your Yard
We can sometimes hear them before we see them; if you listen on a
quiet summer day, you may hear the sound of wings beating 100 times per minute. Hummingbirds are favorite backyard guests for their beautiful colors and their ceaseless movement. Found only in the Americas, these birds come up north in the spring and summer. In the south, you’ll see them as early as in February, and if you’re on the West Coast, you may see these graceful, fast birds all year round. But what are best bird feeder plans to get them into your yard?
Hummingbirds migrate over the Gulf of Mexico, flying non-stop on their way to warmer climes. You can make your backyard a favorite pit stop by having the right type of bird feeder. Hummingbirds seem to be attracted to red, so you will see a lot of commercial feeders that feature this color prominently. This might be because insects can’t see red that well, and so they leave the nectar for the hummingbirds. Hummingbirds also favor deep, dangling flowers, like the fuchsia flower. They also like things like bee balm and zinnia. Having these types of flowers around your yard and other bird feeder plans can help attract hummingbirds.
As for the feeder itself, there are a lot of varieties available. Bird feeder plans that include a pan or basin do not drip, and they help keep bees and wasps away. It is not great in rainy locales because rain can dilute the nectar solution. You can also find bird feeder plans that include roofs, vacuum-style feeders, ant moats, and other features. In general, look for one that is easy to dissemble and clean, as well as refill. Glass is typically the best material for your hummingbird feeder because it stands up to sunlight better than plastics.
Attracting hummingbirds to your yard requires a good combination of
natural nectar, from plants and shrubs, as well as a feeder with simulated nectar. Remember, use lots of bright colors, particularly, red, and you can make your backyard a favorite stopping place for these beautiful birds.
As you can see, nature makes the best bird feeder plans for the hummingbird. Forgive us for the closest thing to a do-it-yourself type of hummingbird feeder we could find in those two recycled rum bottles.