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Friday, August 28, 2020

How to attract hummingbirds to your window.

I'm jumping up and down because...
...after failing with a different feeder and store bought nectar, I finally figured out how to attract hummingbirds!  The proof is below.  Now I get to work and see these gorgeous little creatures stop by my window to say hello.  I see several a day, and still get just as excited every single time.  Anyone else feel like they should be a mythical creature like a fairy?
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How to really attract hummingbirds.


1.  Hummingbirds are attracted to red.  
Whether you choose a window feeder or hanging one, make sure it's red.  Don't fall into selling gimmicks and invest in a beautiful feeder of a different color because it most likely won't work.  I fell into this trap and watched for months only to get disappointed.  Hummingbirds are more likely to be attracted to a red feeder.

2.  Store bought nectar usually doesn't work.  Make your own.
Instead of store bought nectar that not only doesn't attract hummingbirds but is bad for them, make your own.  All you need to do is boil (1) cup of water.  Mix in (1/4) cup sugar until it dissolves.  Let it cool and fill up the feeder.  It's been working marvelously for me and it's cheaper.

3.  They aren't shy so they will fly right up to your window to feed.
If you're new to the hummingbird game, you'll quickly find out that hummingbirds are FAST.  Like, really fast.  This makes them extremely hard to see.  To help increase your chances of seeing the little guys up close, try investing in a window feeder.  They are VERY inexpensive and they work.  Hummingbirds aren't too afraid of people so they will fly right up to your window.

4.  Surround feeders with flowers they're attracted to to lure them in.
In addition to a feeder, you'll want to native plant flowers that hummingbirds are attracted to.  We hung several planters filled with vibrant, dark pink petunias.  We also planted two butterfly bushes in deep red and pink.  I've seen hummingbirds feed off of both.  I also believe that this is what initially attracts them to my yard where they discover my window feeder.

5.  Hummingbirds have a spectacular memory.
Hummingbirds feed off of countless flowers a day thanks to their high metabolism.  Believe it or not, they remember every single flower they fed off of and will return consistently if it's a good food source.  This is great because once a hummingbird discovers your feeder they constantly visit.  Just be aware that if you're feeder is empty or not there when they come, they may move on to a more reliable food source.  Don't risk it and fill your feeders after the sun goes down.


Have you ever seen a hummingbird?

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12 comments :

  1. The video is indeed visible, you probably checked in PREVIEW while writing the post so it looked like an image not a clip.

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    1. That's exactly what I was doing. I guess I got frustrated for no reason then. I'm glad I included it in the end. Isn't he a little cutie? Do you have hummingbirds by you?

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  2. I was able to watch the video! Nice catch because they are quick! I have a red glass feeder and the mix I use is 1/4 c sugar to 1 c water, boiled. We have butterfly bushes which I think attracts them to our property first.

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    1. You're going to think I'm nuts, but it's probably too late to worry about that! lol I set up a timer for when they come. They're pretty routine, so I wait around with my phone set to video to catch them. We have the butterfly bushes too. They are a pretty bush! Do the deer like those?

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    2. That’s not crazy cuz it worked! Lol! Nope, the deer don’t touch the butterfly bushes, that’s why we have 4 of them.

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  3. I can see the video fine. I also make my own hummingbird food. Boil 1 cup of water, then dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water. Let cool. Also, please make sure you are sanitizing your feeder by soaking it in boiling water when changing the food out once a week (don't use soap, it doesn't completely wash out). Bacteria can grow in the feeders quickly and make the little birdies sick.

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    1. That's good to know! The feeder said dishwasher safe, so I threw it in the dishwasher a few times already.

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    2. Even though the feeder is dishwasher safe, the residue doesn't fully wash out of the feeder. Hummingbirds can detect the residue and are turned off by it, therefore preventing them from visiting your feeder. Just soak in boiling water, then once cool, use a bottle brush under hot top water to lift any remaining dirt and debris.

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  4. hahaha you've completely gone to the birds. You do have to watch the cleaning though. As there is a bird virus they can pass around if not cleaned, just fyi. Thought of that after the pic you sent. Can see the video indeed. As you enter enter enter or not lol

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    1. I've been washing it every 3 days and refilling the nectar every 3 days, but I've been using the dishwasher. I won't do that anymore. I didn't realize that the soap didn't completely wash out. OMG THE ENTER IS KILLING ME. Hence the typos that I just had to fix. I'm going through my entire blog right now getting rid of the enters. I tried not to, but I just have to.

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  5. I was able to watch the video with a duration of 01.00 minutes smoothly.

    It's good for you or all of us to pay extra attention to health during this pandemic.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. Yes, we need to pay attention to health!

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