Calling All Hummingbirds

In the spring, hummingbirds return to their warm-weather homes, hungry from their long migration. Want them to visit your yard? Plant species of flowers with varying bloom periods to provide a continuous feeding source throughout the summer and early fall. To attract the most hummingbirds, hang your feeders early spring and leave them up into the fall.

Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors and seek out tubular flowers because they hold the most nectar. An early season choice would be a hanging flowering fuchsia basket that would attract hummingbirds before many local plants start to bloom. Perennials like salvia, daylilies, and petunias will provide a mid-summer treat and trumpet creeper will offer early fall food supplies.

You can also supplement their diet with a Stockdale’s hummingbird feeder filled with homemade nectar. It’s easy to make; simply boil four-parts water to one-part sugar and let cool completely. When spring turns to summer, hot weather will turn the sugar water rancid, so change the mixture often. If the nectar is cloudy, it’s time to change it. Once hummingbirds find a source of nectar, they will visit until it is exhausted, so do not let your feeders run out.

Make sure you hang the hummingbird feeder at least 15 feet from any window to keep the birds from hitting the glass. Place two to three hummingbird feeders in the same vicinity to prevent domination by a bully hummingbird. There is often one dominate male that asserts his territory and by having multiple feeders he will not be able to fight off all the other hummingbirds. You can also place tiny perches around your yard; sturdy branches stuck in the ground gives them a place to light and take a rest.

For more information about hummingbird feeders and other backyard advice, contact your nearest Stockdale’s store or visit www.stockdales.com.