Where to hang your Hummingbird feeder? Can be a difficult question to answer.
Hummingbird feeders must be placed first and foremost where they can be viewed and bird watching enjoyed most! Or else what is the point?
This will take some planning!
The location you may wish to watch the Hummingbirds from may not have some of the elements necessary to attract them to that spot.
Whether you wish to watch them from within your home through a window or outside on the patio or balcony, don’t be discouraged.
You will be able to change things in your garden to attract Humming birds to the best viewing location with some thought and effort.
The above tips will help Hummingbirds to find your feeder if this is the first year you are offering a Humming bird lunch counter.
Birds feel safer if they have a bush or tree which provides some cover close to a feeder. The feeder should be no further than 10 to 15 feet away from protective foliage.
If there isn’t natural foliage for the birds to sit and take cover in, try one of these suggestions:
This is not a sheltered location where predators will find it easy to hide. We are talking here about shelter from the wind and rain if possible.
Have you ever thought your syrup levels in the feeder seem to be staying quite high? And come to think of it you really haven’t noticed too many Hummers drinking from your feeder either?
I have experienced this in the past and what happened was, when it rained hard at just the right angle the rain water entered the feeder and diluted the nectar solution. The birds didn’t like it anymore so the levels remained high for those two reasons.
The wind can be very hard on a nectar feeder by causing it to sway and spill its sticky contents all over the surface underneath. This not only can cause an awful mess on the patio or deck, but will create heightened awareness of its existence to the insect world. You can find help here for insect problems.
A hummingbird feeder should be placed out in your garden, a week or two before the Hummingbirds return. The month will depend on where you live of course. It is always best to have the hummingbird feeders waiting and ready, especially before your plants in the hummingbird garden are in full bloom.
The hummingbird feeder must be kept clean and filled with fresh syrup regularly even before they arrive.
The Hummingbirds energy reserves will need to be replenished after their long journey north.
As soon as they arrive they will be engaging in a battle to stake out a territory, attract a mate, and for the females start the process of building a nest and raising young.
So clean, fresh syrup filled feeders will be very welcome.
It is also very important to leave a feeder up and full, into the autumn season too. Especially for Hummers as the hummingbird plants they have been dining on all summer have died. Leave it out until a couple of weeks have passed, after no Hummingbirds have been observed at the feeder.
They will need the energy derived from your feeders. It could be very harmful to their survival during their long journey if they have not been able to stock up on food before leaving.
Hummingbird facts from studies show that maintaining your feeder at this time of year will not keep Hummers from flying south.
In fact, it will provide travellers a place to stop along the way to rest and replenish their energy reserve.
Many birds rely on feeding stations along their migration journey and remember their locations from year to year.
I hope this helps to give you some things to consider when deciding, where to hang your hummingbird feeder?