I’ve been feeding our birds all winter: finches, bluetits and robins (European robin…. no relation to the American robin).
But we don’t have hummingbirds here in Europe. We have hummingbird moths but, while interesting to watch, are pretty plain and not at all like the flashy hummingbirds.
My mother always had a hummingbird feeder hung just outside her kitchen window so she could watch them easily with her morning coffee.
Of course that also meant that she had hummingbird nectar in the fridge.
Mon mari had a habit of helping himself to whatever looked good without asking…. Need I say more?
Our friend, who lived in Spain had never seen a hummingbird. He was a keen birdwatcher, as well as moths and butterflies. A few years ago, for his birthday, he bought himself a hummingbird tour of Costa Rica. It was the highlight of his (long) retirement.
If you have hummingbirds where you live, here is some info on attracting and feeding them.
I got rather lost looking at all the photos online – they are such beautiful little birds. I may have to go to Costa Rica myself…..
Where Is the Best Place to Hang Hummingbird Feeders?
The tiny hummingbirds fighting for nectar-filled feeders in your yard can be amusing for both you and your family. To keep them in your yard, ensure that you hang the feeders in the right place to avoid the birds passing them by without notice.
Are you wondering where the right place to hang hummingbird feeder is? Well, worry no more. Here are some suggestions on where to place your feeders to keep the birds well fed and always coming back.
1) A Visible Place
After you have purchased the feeder, you need to let the hummingbirds know that you are ready for them. The best way to go about it is by placing the feeder in a highly visible position in your yard. However, this does not imply that you have to place a feeder like an oasis in the center of a desert.
When you place your hummingbird feeders too far from any cover, the birds will be reluctant to feed there. It will make the birds feel unsafe and exposed.
Instead, place the feeders in a place where there is a plant shelter but visible from all angles. This will make it easy for any new hummingbirds to locate the feeder when they are flying nearby.
2) Consider Distance
After considering the visibility of the feeders, you should also consider the distance from your viewing position. Hummingbirds are very tiny- at least 3-4 inches long. Moreover, if you place your feeders far away, you may not see the details of each bird clearly. So, hang the feeders at a distance where you can enjoy the detailed view of each bird.
3) A Convenient Place
The best spot to place a hummingbird feeder is an area that is easy for you to reach. Why? Well, you will have to clean and refill the feeders frequently. Do not hang the feeders too high or in a dense flowerbed that will be hard to reach. If you hang them in a convenient place, it will be easy for you to maintain them easily.
4) A Safe Place
Safety is another thing that you should have in mind when placing feeders. When you place feeders in unsafe places, it can cause harm to birds. Ensure that you hang the feeders high enough that predators such as cats cannot reach.
5) Away From Sunlight
Hanging these feeders in direct sunlight can offer you the best view. However, as tempting as it is, this is not a good idea. The reason is that direct sunlight heats the nectar in the feeder, making it spoil quickly. It forms black sooty mold inside the feeder and feeder ports.
Therefore, the best place to hang your feeder is in the shade to keep the nectar cool and fresh. When the nectar is fresh, birds will keep on coming back and attract new birds.
Placing your hummingbird feeder in the right place can become hummingbird’s favorite feeding spot. These will attract more birds to feed in your feeders, which in turn will become you and your family’s favorite viewing spot. In the end, you will enjoy viewing these birds’ stunning beauty.