Attracting Hummingbirds

hummingbirdDid you know that hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere? The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird to nest east of the Mississippi River. It can live in all climates and will lower its body temperatures to endure short cold spells.

One of the best ways to attract hummingbirds during the summer to your backyard is to put out specific hummingbird feeders. Now is the perfect time to begin as Ruby-throats start to appear in Pennsylvania as early as April and will be in search of food. Hummingbirds can still be found in Pennsylvania through mid to late October.

To attract hummingbirds to your feeder in the spring, mix a nectar of one cup sugar to  four cups of water. Do not add any coloring to the nectar mix because the feeder itself will attract the birds. Stir the sugar in the water until dissolved and place any unused nectar in your refrigerator until it is needed. Be sure to keep feeders rinsed out well and replenish nectar every few days. Visit Braxton’s to pick up your hummingbird feeder.

Another great way to attract hummingbirds to your backyard is to plant a hummingbird garden. Since Ruby-throats do not have a very keen sense of smell, they must rely on bright colors to find their food. Brightly colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.

So why not make it a goal to make your backyard a home to hummingbirds.

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