Attracting Hummingbirds

 

 

Hummingbirds are truly some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Individually, they are the smallest of birds, and yet, with over 320 species, they are the second largest family of birds in the world.

Hummingbirds differ from other birds in a variety of ways. They have weak feet and legs that are used more for perching than walking. They are most comfortable in the air, and they are capable of hovering as well as flying up, down, forward and backward.

These tiny birds use so much energy flying that they can consume double their weight in nectar and insects each day! In fact, they hold the record for possessing the fastest metabolism of any animal on the planet. Contrary to popular belief, hummingbirds do not drink nectar with their bills. They lap it with their grooved tongues at a mind-blowing 12 times per second!

 

What can you do for hummers?

 

Feeders

Put out a hummingbird feeder, or two, or three!

There are 2 styles of feeders: The Standard and the Upside-Down or "Bottle-Style"

Bottle-Style feeders are highly praised for their unique shapes, decorative features, and originality. They are very popular, but typically require a higher level of maintenance, so we recommend shying away from these feeders if you're just starting out.

The Standards, like our WBU Hi-Perch Hummingbird Feeder (pictured below), are designed to be easy, functional, and long-lasting. They have built-in ant moats, raised perches to better accommodate a hummingbird's dipping motion, alluring bright red lids, and a lifetime guarantee!

 

To shop from our great selection of hummingbird feeders and accessories, click here

 

Feeder Tips

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are visually attracted to the color red, so the more red your feeder is,
the more likely your hummingbirds are to see it and come to it.

Do not use red dye or food coloring in your nectar. It is not healthy or safe for them.

In Indiana, we only see the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and, on average, 2-3 will inhabit your yard. This can lead to guarding behaviors. We recommend putting out several, smaller feeders in different areas of your yard to decrease the possibility for competition.

 

Nesting

A hummingbird nest is made of plant down, glued together with spider webs and tree sap, camouflaged with bits of lichen.
They are often located on pencil-sized tree branches

Hummingbirds hold the record for having the smallest eggs on Earth, approximately the size of a jelly bean or one's pinky nail.


 

 

Water

Hummingbirds need water too.

But remember, hummingbirds have very weak feet so their small size inhibits them from using most bird baths.
Many customers have mentioned seeing while watering plants, showering themselves with the hose spray.

Incorporating this idea, the Mister / Dripper (pictured left) gets the job done.
This water feature attaches to your hose and sprays water in a gentle mist. It can clip to the side of your birdbath with ease.
To view this product online, click the following link: Drip or Mist

*The drip function of this product is known to attract small songbirds like finches and even warblers.

 

 

Looking for a great gift to give a friend or loved one?

 

SHARE THE JOY HUMMINGBIRD BOX!

There's never been a better time to attract hummingbirds. And there's never been a better time to share a little joy! Our "Share the Joy" gift boxes make it easy. Order a box here for your friends and loved ones to let them know you're thinking of them. We'll deliver a box full of joy directly to their door! Or, order one for yourself and get started attracting hummingbirds to your own backyard.

The Hummingbird Box includes:

-WBU Small High Perch™ Hummingbird Feeder
-WBU Nectar
-WBU Nectar Bottle
-WBU Nectar Port Brush