You have the right feeder.
One that is easy to place in your garden and a location where you can readily access it.
A feeder, you can take down to clean and refill with little hassle.
You even plan on planting flowers and a special garden to attract these tiny birds.
You're ready for the responsibilities involved in attracting hummers to your yard.
Now comes the time of when and where to place the container of sugar water.
So much depends on where you live.
Do you feed hummers year round then keep your feeders cleaned and filled.
If you are like most of us, timing and feeder placement is generally about two weeks before your first expected visit.
This gives you enough time to feed and attract any early birds that may be in need of your sweet nectar.
It's not rocket science but,
Proper hummingbird feeder placement is important for the birds and for you!
Shade keeps the nectar water from spoiling to quickly (clean and change nectar every 3 to 5 days when the temperature rises).
Your feeders should be close to protection as well.
Research shows that hummingbird feeder placement should be within 10 to 15 feet of protection.
The farther away from protection or out in the open, the less your feeders get used.
When they aren't busy feeding, hummingbirds are perching and keeping an eye on their food sources.
They don't understand that it may be an unlimited source, they see it as a big flower (flowers need to replenish).
Trees and bushes are an intricate part of a hummer's habitat besides perches and protection, they offer nesting sights and insects as food.
Hummingbird feeder placement should be where you can enjoy your visitors and it should also be about 5 feet above the ground if possible, with nothing planted under it.
Cats have been known to grab them from time to time.
If you have a problem with other birds feeding, consider getting an oriole feeder or two.
Besides orioles, woodpeckers, catbirds and tanagers may visit your feeders.
Unwanted interlopers may be squirrels, raccoons and opossum.
I don't mind them sneaking a drink, it's when they destroy my feeders.
Strategic hummingbird feeder placement can assist you in deterring the fury beasts.
If all else fails, bring your feeders in at night (another reason for placement).
Ants and wasps can be an issue, some feeders have ant moats, others offer bee guards, while others offer moats and are wasp proof.
I have found that pure mint oil from a health food store will deter and kill these insects.
Because mint is a food item, it doesn't harm the hummers.
Just a dab or two works for me.
Don't put grease or oil on or near your feeders.
This can get on the hummers feathers and cause great harm to them.
Hummingbird feeder placement might include a window feeder.
Window feeders deter fury creatures.
They allow you a birds eye view from within your home.
Hanging feeders to close to windows may cause collisions, but a feeder attached to the window does not.
Where You Place Your Feeders can allow you a chance to watch your jewels up close.
You hear the little peeps and the humming sound of the wings.
(This juvenile male Ruby-Throated hummer, enjoys a late September feed and my window feeder.)
Hummingbirds have personalities, some are more aggressive while others are passive (most of us have been buzzed at least once).
An important reason to have more than one feeder.
Be sure to place them where one can't be seen from the other.
Hummingbird feeder placement can be opposite sides of the house or make sure there is a shrub or tree blocking the view so the aggressor can't monopolize them all.
With time and patience you may be able to hand feed a hummer or at the very least, have them eat while you are holding the feeder.
Hummingbird feeder placement allows the birds to enjoy your offerings and allows you to enjoy an up close and personal time with these magnificent birds.
There is also this saying "out of sight, out of mind".
Don't let that be the case for your feeders, they need proper care. Rancid sugar water will make your birds sick.
A garden table or a bench is a nice addition to your
We take on a responsibility when we begin to attract and care for hummers.
Hummers will return to the exact same location year after year.
Be sure to add hummers to your list of backyard birds.
They are looking for the flowers we plant and feeder placement.
Remember to keep your feeders out for two weeks after you've seen your last guest.
Stragglers, often sick or juveniles may stop by for a life saving meal. If they survive, they too will return to the exact spot of your feeder placement.
With shrinking habitats, it is more important now then ever that we take this responsibility serious.
Hummingbird feeder placement is a small but important factor to attracting these birds.
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