How to Get Hummingbirds to Your Yard


We can sometimes hear them before we see them; if you listen on a

These two hummingbird feeders made from recycled liquor bottles are about as close to bird feeder plans and I could find.


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

A beautiful little hummingbird using nature's bird feeder plans, a flower with nectar.

Nature's Bird Feeder Plans

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.

Different Bird Feeders Attract Different Birds

What type of wooden bird feeder plans to choose is the most important question for you to answer!  That is, if you care which kinds of birds you are inviting to

Actual illustration of a page from a set of suet bird feeder plans

Illustrative Page: Suet Bird Feeder Plans

your backyard.  If you want to see yellow finches, you certainly won’t want a suet bird feeder.  Learn more and read on.

Briefly,  finches and other smaller birds enjoy feeding from a tube feeder and love thistle or Nyjer seed.  Hopper feeders are great for holding bird seed and sunflower seeds and will attract many different varieties of birds which like seed.  Those include bluebirds, wrens and jays, both small and larger species.  Suet feeders, or feeders with hard beef fat in them, are popular with cardinals, woodpeckers, and other species which generally feed on insects.  Finally, hummingbirds enjoy their own special hummingbird feeder which is really nothing but a container with tube-like holes going down into a sugar water solution given hummingbirds feed on the sweet nectar produced by flowers.

To be sure, different varieties of birds have completely different appetites.   In order to attract the type of birds you’d like into your backyard, you’ll need to be familiar with what your favorite birds like to eat.  Once you know that, you’ll know which type of wooden bird feeder plans to buy.

Once you’ve finished building your bird feeder, soon you’ll see your favorite birds arriving.  Unfortunately, along with your feathered friends, will come other animals who also would love to eat your birds’ food.

While any number of different animals will want to share your birds’ food, the most common will be the pesky and determined squirrel.  You may want to read this recent article about squirrel proofing,  “Keeping the Critters Out of Your Bird Feeders” posted last Tuesday.

Once you’ve answered all your questions, then either choose a set of the appropriate bird feeder plans and get started, or stop by your nearest garden shop, or shop right here online.  The sooner you do, the quicker you’ll have

Squirrel trying his best to get past a protective squirrel proof large hopper feeder.

Dang, If I Could Just Reach a Little Bit Further!

new friends in your backyard.

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