Who Are Our Local Species?

 

Anna's Hummingbird (top center)

Rufous Hummingbird (top left)

Allen's Hummingbird (top right)

Black-chinned Hummingbird (middle left)

Costa's Hummingbird (middle right)

 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

How to Attract Hummingbirds 

 

Nectar Producing Plants

Plant Resources

 

Hummingbird Nectar Feeders

Hummingbird Feeders come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors. 

Feeder Placement

Consider where you want to view your Hummingbird Feeders

Indoor/Outdoor Viewing

     - Hang under eaves outside of Frequently used windows and patios

     - Front or Back yard

Height

     - 5 to 6 feet above the ground 

Sun or Shade

     - Nectar keeps longer in shade than in direct sun

Wind

     - Try to place feeders in a wind sheltered area

     - Have heavier feeders that can better handle strong winds

Feeder Considerations

Nectar Capacity

     - Larger Capacity means it won't need to be refilled are frequently (still keep nectar fresh)

     - Smaller Capacity allows one to put less out at a time making it easier to keep the nectar fresh

Number of Feeding Ports

     - Limited on how many hummingbirds can drink at once

     - Hummingbirds are naturally territorial over nectar sources and will attempt to chase others hummingbirds away

Ease of Cleaning

     - It is important to routinely clean and maintain your hummingbird feeder

     - Saucer feeders are generally easier to clean

Glass or Plastic

     Glass

          - Longer Lasting, easier to keep clean, can break if feeder falls

     Plastic

          - Less likely to break if feeder falls, relatively inexpensive, can warp and discolor with soft plastics

 

 Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar is intended to duplicate Flower nectar 

Nectar Options

     Easy Mix - Finely grained sugar that dissolves easily in water

     Concentrate - just add water

     Ready to Use - ready for the feeder straight out of the container

     Make Your Own - Using a 1:4 Ratio, dissolve 1 cup of  refined white granulated sugar to 4 cups of water

 

 How Often Should Hummingbird Nectar Be Changed?

     Fall & Winter - 1 to 2 times per week

     Spring & Summer - 2 to 3 times a week

     Hot Summer Days - Daily to every other day

 

 Extend the life of your nectar with Nectar Defender

     - Nectar Defender is a copper solution that is added to fresh nectar 

     - It helps prolog the life of the nectar up to 2 weeks (Even on high heat days)

 

A Note On Nectar Additions

     Artificial Dyes 

          - It is not necessary to add dyes to your nectar

          - Flower nectar is naturally clear

          - Most Hummingbird Feeders already have red coloration on the feeder itself

          - Artificial dyes may potentially be harmful to the Hummingbirds

     Honey

          - Honey can cause fatal fungus infection in Hummingbirds

     Corn Syrup and raw unprocessed sugars

          - Often contains additional ingredients and is not recommended for hummingbird nectar

Insects

     - 10% of the Hummingbird diet are small flying insects.

     -  Avoid using insecticide in your yard

 

Water

Moving Water is more attractive to Hummingbirds than standing water. especially fountains and bubblers. 

 

Ants, Bees & Wasps

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