It’s early in May a beautiful fairly warm day so I’ve decided to enjoy it and sit on front porch.
While relaxing in a rocking chair with my eyes closed, just enjoying sun and early warmth I begin to hear a sound off in distance.
At first it’s not recognizable, sounds almost like a hum from a model airplane.
As it begins to get louder I’m beginning to think I know what source of this strange noise is.
I open my eyes and sure enough just as I thought there is a small green colored Hummer hovering right at edge of porch – coincidentally right where a feeder normally hangs – now I’m not certain but he appears to be looking right at me like he’s trying to tell me “Hey, I’m back, where’s food”.
Every year it’s same, they show up around Mothers Day and every year I’m always a little surprised to see them and of course not prepared.
Well so much for my relaxing afternoon, it’s time to get out feeders, clean them and make up some food then get them hung.
And so begins another season with these marvelous entertaining little birds.
Hummers have a good memory they can remember where to find food sources from previous years. However in order for them to remember your home you will first need to let them know about it.
There are two ways to accomplish this, first by planting or hanging flowers that will attract them, second is to have an additional food source such as a hanging feeder that you keep filled with a syrup solution.
Flowers that have red to orange blossom colors are known to attract them but they will visit any color if they discover sufficient nectar.
Blossom shape is also important as this little birds beak is long and tapered, so downward-hanging blossom – Honeysuckle is a good example – are a favorite.
Several other varieties are as follows. These particular flowers are geared for Northeast – where I happen to live – so you will want to check within your region for appropriate blooms.
Perennials: ·Bee Balm ·Salvia ·Foxglove ·Lilac ·Hollyhock ·Forsythia
There are several Annuals that will also satisfy their little palettes.
·Fuchsia ·Impatiens ·Petunia
As these are favorites in use of hanging baskets each summer try hanging several around your home. The most common place of course is on your front porch or on hooks around a deck or patio; another idea is to hang some right from tree branches. I’ve done this and not only do Hummers like them; it also adds color and interest out in yard.
Putting Up A Feeder:
From elaborately decorated glass to simple plastic there are numerous types of feeders to choose from.
I will tell you from experience, I’ve used both – decorated one just because it was pretty, Hummers really didn’t care – and I ended up with a simple teardrop shaped clear glass container with perches around base, it was easy to tell when solution was low and simple to take apart.