Seeing Hummingbirds in the garden is one of the best treats a gardener can have. I love having hummingbirds hang out in my garden when they come around. Do you know how to attract these beauties? The easiest way to create a hummingbird haven is to have a sugar-water filled hummingbird feeder filled hanging from a tree.
Flower nectar is best for hummingbirds, better than the sugar-water found in hummingbird feeders. By planting flowers that hummingbirds love, it keeps them coming to your garden year after year.
By planting hummingbirds’ favorite flowers, giving them clean water, and a safe shelter from the elements and predators is the best way to create a hummingbird haven. A hummingbird’s job in the garden is to pollinate plants and flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to specific flowering plants and trees and each species enjoys the nectar from certain flowers more than others. They prefer to drink the nectar out of long tubular flowers like those found on a Delphinium or Foxglove.
The most popular flowers that hummingbirds love include Penstemons, Delphinium, Foxglove, Lupine, Butterfly Bush, Columbine, Hollyhocks, Lantana, Salvia, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Phlox, Fuscia, Lobelia, and Agapanthus. In addition to eating the nectar for the sugar, hummingbirds need to eat small insects and spiders for the protein. Having a garden that attracts insects that the hummingbirds can eat is essential so be careful using too many insecticides in your garden.
They must constantly eat as they burn off so much energy very rapidly, they then need a place to rest.
In a perfect hummingbird haven, these birds will look for a place to perch during the day. Hummingbirds love to hang out in trees and shrubs to stay away from predators and to build their nest to care for their young.
Hummingbirds have to bathe regularly because of sticky nectar and prefer shallow moving water like that found in a fountain. If there is a sprinkler you can bet that hummingbird will want to play in it. A water fountain is perfect to have in your hummingbird haven as it is an ideal source of water for taking that afternoon bath and drinking water throughout the day.
The female hummingbird will brood for 5-7 weeks and also care for their young if you place nesting materials near the feeder or their favorite flowers. They reuse the same nests every year so don’t disturb it once the babies have left the nest. Hummingbirds won’t use birdhouses as they are not cavity nesters, but do enjoy nesting under soft material in their tree nests.
To create the perfect hummingbird haven, make sure you have their favorite flowers planter, a clean water source for them to bathe and drink for and a safe and secure place for them to call home.
Have you created a “Haven” before?
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