How to Attract Hummingbirds To Your Backyard

We have been gardening for about 5 years now and in that time I’ve only seen one single hummingbird but that brief encounter has me wanting more of them in our yard so I am learning how to attract hummingbirds as well as butterflies to our backyard and gardens.

The hummingbird is one of my favourite birds so it would be nice to see them more often than once in my life.

The one I saw was in my vegetable garden checking out the pole bean blossoms and happened so fast that if I had blinked I would have missed. So I wonder how many I’ve just missed by blinking. They are small, even tiny, and can move so fast they’re just a blur.

One of my goals for 2013 is to make and hang a couple of hummingbird feeders in our yard. I want them in shady cooler spots where we can watch them from the house and maybe even get a few pictures to share online.

I just learned that they tend to like the bright reds, oranges and yellows so I will be planted a whole lot more flowers in those colours. Let’s see if that attracts more hummingbirds and butterflies.

Hummingbird Varieties in New Brunswick

I know there are more than just a single variety of hummingbirds but the only one I’m even a little familiar with is the ruby-throated hummingbird. I learned that more than 50 years ago in grade school when I lived in Ontario. I wasn’t sure if that was the only hummingbird in New Brunswick so I looked online to see what variety of hummingbirds we have and learned that we have at least four varieties: Ruby-throated, Rufous Black-Chinned, Broad-Billed.

I would love to have one of our hummingbird feeders right outside my east facing office window. There is seldom any wind on this side of the house and would be a great place to setup my video camera.

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Making My Own Hummingbird Feeders

I bought a little hummingbird feeder a year ago to see if I could attract hummingbirds but never saw a single one using the feeder. I think the location was a poor choice and this year I will put them in a less sunny spot.

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Items Required For My Hummingbird Feeder Project

For the hummingbird feeders I will make this year I am choosing to recycle products that would normally end up in the trash. Maybe a couple of water bottles and yogurt containers. Use a little bright red lipstick to draw some flower petals around the drinking holes and they should be good to go. Come on hummingbirds.

I won’t need many items to make my birdfeeders.

I couldn’t find any bright red containers to use but I did find a couple of bright red plastic coffee containers that I will cut up. If I do it right I should be able to roll a strip up and put it inside the bottle. Then hopefully the rolled up plastic will unroll and cover the sides making the contents appear red.

Note: As I was reading things online I remember one article mentioning problems with ants. If you have problems with ants finding your feeders you can just put petroleum jelly on the string or wire you use to connect your feeder to whatever is holding it off the ground.

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