Many people are under the mistaken idea that their hummingbird feeders must be taken down on or around Labor Day, but this simply is not true. It is impossible to know how this incorrect information has become so widely believed but this post will hopefully help set the record straight on this issue.
It is important to understand that leaving your hummingbird feeder up will not stop the hummingbirds from migrating. A hummingbird’s body will signal when it is time for the bird to migrate due to changes in the length of the day or photoperiod. By leaving your hummingbird feeders up, for least two weeks or so since seeing your last hummingbird, you would be providing a vital food source for any birds that are late in migrating or those that can no longer survive the migratory journey due to illness or age or whatever the cause might be.
No matter where you live, it is impossible to provide an exact date by which hummingbird feeders should be taken down. This will very greatly due to where you live. As a general rule or guideline, it is not at all uncommon for many people leave their feeders up for at least two weeks after seeing a hummingbird. There are even places places in which people keep their hummingbird feeders up year round because not every single species of hummingbird migrates. Therefore, each of you will have to determine for yourselves when and if your hummingbird feeders should be taken down or not. Regardless of your decision concerning this matter, please know that doing so will not prevent the hummingbirds from migrating and also know that leaving your feeders up can actually serve to help the hummingbirds.
Has your hummingbird feeder been in the same exact location for a long time and you now find that you are having trouble with various insects at the feeder? One way to help with this issue is to relocate your feeder somewhere else. In this post you will discover why this will help the issue.
Insects as well as hummingbirds are creatures of habit and will likely visit the most convenient and reliable food source available. Insects are unlike hummingbirds because the insects are far less likely to search for a relocated food source. This is why the act of moving a feeder can decrease the number of insects visiting it.
The simple act of moving your feeder, even just a few feet, can help decrease the number of insects which visit your hummingbird feeder. In a very short time, maybe even a few minutes, hours or days, the hummingbirds will once again find your hummingbird feeder because these birds do not mind searching for a dependable food source and due to the bird’s excellent memory they will return again and again to the feeder that is responsible for it.
If you are a person who has always wanted a wide variety of tips on how to successfully attract hummingbirds to your yard, this video offers you some step by step tips to help you do so. These tips are easy to understand and follow, so you do not need any prior knowledge of hummingbirds to be able to use them successfully. Happy hummingbird watching everyone!
Hummingbird feeders are one way to attract hummingbirds to your yard. The use of a feeder requires proper maintenance and cares with it a great deal of responsibility. This post will provide some important reminders concerning hummingbird feeders and homemade hummingbird food.
A hummingbird feeder should not be placed in direct sunlight, as this causes the sugar solution to spoil rapidly. Also, a plastic feeder that is exposed to direct sunlight will ware out more quickly because the prolonged exposure will cause the plastic to crack eventually.
Be sure to place the hummingbird feeder high enough on a branch so that squirrels and other predators cannot feed from it
Use only a mixture of sugar and water to feed the hummingbirds. The recipe is 1 part water to 4 parts water. This blend is very close to the sugar concentration which is found on many flowers which are known to attract hummingbirds.
Nothing other then white table sugar should be used to make homemade nectar solution. Never use honey, molasses or any other artificial sweeteners to feed hummingbirds. Though they eat small insects for protein, hummingbirds also rely heavily on flower and prepared nectar for their energy needs.
This video will tell you about how to effectively attract hummingbirds to your yard. In it you will discover what to use as the food source, why the feeder must be inaccessible to cats and why growing trumpet-shaped flowers throughout the garden is important.