Spring is here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you are still looking for the perfect gift, I know just the thing, rubies. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the expensive red gem, but I am talking about one of spring and summers most popular birds, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Even though the weather has been crazy this year, these little jewels are making their way here with a big appetite!! To ensure you get these “Rubies” in your yard by Mother’s Day, make sure you have the right feeder, and a supply of nectar to help these Hummingbirds make your backyard “home” this season.
While there are hundreds of different hummingbird feeders available, there are two main characteristics you want to look for. First, how easy is it to clean and make sure the ports, as well as the inside of your feeders are clean. Also, when feeding, keep that nectar fresh!! The second characteristic you should look for is the feeder’s color, nectar ports, and the flow design. In my opinion, you should look for a feeder that is red, as Hummingbirds are naturally attracted to the color “red”. This will increase your chance of successfully attracting the Hummingbirds near you. Also, look at the ports; it is great if you have one that is bee resistant,
as bees can deter Hummers from visiting your feeder. Lastly, the feeder’s flow control is important, because a leaking feeder costs you wasted nectar and also attracts bees and ants.
Having the right accessories to go along with your feeder is just as important in helping you attract Hummingbirds. One of the most common reasons Hummers stop using a feeder is because of ants. Ants love the sugar water just as much as the Hummingbirds and it is important to keep them out of your feeder. The best was to do this is us an ant moat that simply attaches above your feeder.
Do these things and you’ll soon have your yard humming with “Rubies of Spring”♦