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how do you attract Hummers to your yard?

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 7:59 PM

I was wondering, I have set up hummingbird feeders, but have not seen any hummers so far. How do you attract them to your yard?

My step-father in law has 5 feeders and all of them have lots of birds and they fight over the feeders. I love seeing them.

What is some tricks to get them to come to the house?


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The hummers have been acting strangely this year. For one thing, they arrived very late and another is that there are not that many.

It usually takes time for them to find new feeding sources. They seem to remember well where they were fed before and return to the same places. Anyone else in your neighborhood feeding them?

Do you have a lot of flowers in your yard?

Here are some that attract hummers:

Bee Balm

Red Columbine

Delphinium and Hollyhock

Butterfly Bush

Rhododendron

Rose of Sharon

Trumpet Vine (cab be invasive)

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Cardinal Vine

Lantana and Fuchsia

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 8:19 PM

We have a wild rose bush that has some honey suckle growing on it, which normally attracts the humming birds. But, so far this year, we haven't seen any either.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 12:20 AM

I have had only 1 this year and normally I have 5 or 6. I love sitting on my back porch and watching them. I'm hoping there will be more this summer.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 7:39 AM

I've had the same number as previous years - their feeder is directly above a planter with petunias and adjacent to my herb garden. It is a joy to watch them swarm around and narrowly avoid mid-air collisions with each other!

-- Posted by RausJacks on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 10:05 AM

RausJacks that is truly encouraging to hear. Since you could be anywhere, do you mind me asking if you are in Tennessee or ...? (I apologize if I should know your blog name, getting old)

I am wondering if ours have been "blown" off course this year or something could have affected them.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 11:20 AM

I'm in the Raus area - near the old school house. The hummers "live" in two trees just outside the back porch and visit the feeder regularly!

-- Posted by RausJacks on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 1:03 PM

Part of your problem is that the hummers that stay in this area have just begun to migrate here.

Any hummers that you saw earlier in the season were headed further north. Our hummers are here from July through October.

Then - red, red, and more red! Hang inexpensive articial red flowers on or near your feeders, or red ribbons, etc. Once your feeders are found, you may remove those items.

Use only sugar water (not the red stuff - it can be harmful to hummers) and make sure it is fresh daily - hummers like the cold sugar water, so make it ahead and keep it in the frig!

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 7:51 AM

thanks guys.. i use sugar water only and a small drop of real vanilla. That is what my step pappa in law uses and he has them by the droves in Monteagle.

i appreciate the tips... thanks hoping they show.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 7:20 PM

If all mine before were travelers, the tourist season was not good this year. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 7:27 AM

I live on the opposite side of town than you Steve and we have less hummers than last year also. Have had several more in the last couple days though. Maybe they are late arriving this year.

-- Posted by Equinepro on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 7:17 PM

found this great site, lots of info. www.rubythroat.org

-- Posted by moonwalker on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 7:37 AM

I think it's too hot for them here. They are probably heading further north to find some spring weather.

I looked out my house the other evening and the wind was blowing but no rain, just a fine sprinkle.

The leaves were falling like a Fall day.

It is so hot that the leaves have been burned and dried up and ready to fall off.

Looks like we may have to rake our yards sooner this fall, like in early summer. Or just chop them up with the old lawn mower.

Wait, what am I talking about? It's so dry my grass isn't growing any more.

Someone needs to make a bunch of artificial Humming Birds to see the outside persons to look at. Personally, I'd prefer to just stay inside until fall gets here or go further north with the humming birds.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 4:23 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.