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Attracting Hummingbirds

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Attract hummingbirds to your garden with colorful flowers and feeders.

Hummingbirds are beautiful, mesmerizing little creatures. These tiny birds are amazing to watch, as their wings flap about 70 times each second! Hummingbirds are great to have around the garden because they feast on insects, which can help out with pest control, and enjoy flower nectar, which can help with pollination.


Hummingbirds are beautiful, mesmerizing little creatures. These tiny birds are amazing to watch, as their wings flap about 70 times each second! Hummingbirds are great to have around the garden because they feast on insects, which can help out with pest control, and enjoy flower nectar, which can help with pollination.

Hummingbirds decide where to feed based on sight; their sense of smell isn't all that strong. Try colorful flowers to catch their eye--they are always on the lookout for new food sources. Trumpet-shaped flowers, like honeysuckles and columbines or the brilliant colors of impatiens and petunias are good choices for an attractive flower garden and a hummingbird hangout.

Hummingbird feeders are another way to attract the little beauties to your yard. The birds get most of their energy from nectar, which gives them the fuel to go out after bugs. They will visit feeders no matter where you hang them, so hang them near your garden to attract them to your flowers or near a window where you can watch them feed.

Hummingbird feeders come in a variety of shapes and styles. Feeders with perches provide the birds with a chance to rest, which may make your feeder more enticing than another without perches. Adorning your feeder with an artificial flower or a bit of reflective tape can make it even more attractive to hummingbirds.

>>Check out this recipe for homemade hummingbird nectar
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