Yes! You can attract hummingbirds to your home. Even if you live in middle of city, and even if you've never had any luck getting them to come in past.
Try one or more of these tips, and you should begin to see hummers around your yard soon.
Plant A Hummingbird Garden:
One good way to attract Hummingbirds is by planting a Hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly followed routes. This is called traplining. Their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food.
Hummers, like most birds, have virtually no sense of smell, flowers that attract them tend to have little or no fragrance, apparently directing their resources instead toward high visibility and nectar production.
Some plants to consider that will attract Hummingbirds include:
- Azalea - Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) - Cape Honeysuckle - Manzanita - Mimosa - Red Buckeye - Coral Honeysuckle - Cypress Vine - Morning Glory - Trumpet Creeper - Bee Balm (Monarda) - Cardinal Flower - Columbine - Coral Bells - Four O'Clocks - Hummingbird Mint (Agastache) - Penstemon - Yucca - Fuchsia - Jewelweed - Petunia - Shrimp Plant
Note: none of these need to be red in color although color red is attractive to hummingbirds.
If you’re in doubt as to whether any of these will flourish in your area check with your local nursery.
You should avoid using any pesticides at all in your Hummingbird garden. The insects that you would kill off serve as a good source of protein for hummingbirds, and can also sicken or kill birds if ingested.
Set up Hummingbird Feeders:
If you use a feeder and make your own nectar, a few words of caution.
Never use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough.