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What You Need to Know About Attracting Hummingbirds

What You Need to Know About Attracting Hummingbirds

Auburn, Alabama–Dr. Geoffrey Hill from Auburn University is a biology professor who specializes in ornithology. He discussed the benefits and some tips and tricks on attracting hummingbirds.

“Hummingbirds are just neat animals,” Hill said. “I enjoy studying hummingbirds for the pure fun of it.”


Provided by: Dr. Geoffrey Hill

Where do hummingbirds migrate?
According to Hill, Ruby-Throated hummingbirds migrate from Central America, across the Gulf of Mexico to the United States. Hummingbirds visit North America in the spring and summer.

During their travel, Ruby-Throated hummingbirds help pollinate.  They carry pollen to the flower and the flower gives the hummingbird a sweet nectar in return.

Why do we want to attract hummingbirds?
Besides being beautiful birds, they eat a lot of annoying pests, such as mosquitos, beetles, flies, and spiders.

What colors attract hummingbirds?
They are attracted to the color red, so any red plants, such as Buckeye flowers, catch their attention. A lot of gardeners keep red hummingbird feeders in their gardens to attract them.

“Hummingbirds have been trained by humans,” Hill said. “If they recognize a (red) feeder, they know to stop at it.”

What plants attract hummingbirds?
There are many of plants that could already be attracting hummingbirds to your garden such as: azaleas, buckeye flowers, cape honeysuckle, cardinal flowers, cypress vines, and petunias just to name a few. (Listed left to right below.)

red plant collage

Do hummingbirds actually hum?
They actually flap their wings an impressive fifty-three times per second, which results in the humming noise we hear.

Hummingbird feeder recipe

  1. Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan.
  2. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Continually stir while it is heating until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let it cool before putting it into the feeder. You don’t want to hurt hummingbirds with boiling water!

So, if you are trying to attract hummingbirds, be sure to plant some of the red plants suggested or get a red feeder! If you have an old feeder that you don’t feel like replacing, be sure to tie a red ribbon on to it and that will easily help attract hummingbirds.

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