Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures! Not only are they a physical wonder, but they’re a delight to watch as they flit around during the summer months. If you can’t seem to tempt these small birds to your feeders, use these tips on attracting hummingbirds to your campsite and you’ll be enjoying this magnificent creature’s presence in no time. Since hummingbirds beat their wings anywhere from 50 to 200 times per second, they need to feed about every 10-15 minutes, so be ready and you’ll have them coming back for seasons to come!
A GOOD FEEDER MATTERS
When choosing a hummingbird feeder, design and color should be taken into careful consideration. Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, so choose a vibrant red feeder! You may be tempted to go for a more decorative metal or glass feeder, but the brighter the feeder, the better. Also, it couldn’t hurt to get multiple feeders, as hummingbirds, especially males, can be territorial over nectar sources. The more feeders there are, the harder it will be for a single bird to protect them!
Also, you’ll want to keep the nuisance of insects in mind as well. Pesky ants can make their way into the openings where hummingbirds feed on nectar, contaminating the birds’ food. Likewise, bees and wasps tend to be drawn to hummingbird feeders for the sweet nectar. Choose a feeder that comes with bee guards and an ant moat to help keep these pests from contaminating nectar or harming the birds!
CLEAN FEEDERS REGULARLY
Hummingbirds have a reputation for cleanliness, so respect their needs and keep feeders clean! Nectar can expire in as little as two to five days, especially in hot or humid weather. Hummingbirds will be quick to abandon a dirty feeder, especially if mold is present. Take down feeders and clean them every four to five days using hot, soapy water and scrub any present mold with a bottle brush. Since you’ll be cleaning so regularly, only fill feeders about half way so that you don’t waste nectar.
TRY DIY NECTAR
If you’re keeping a close eye on your feeders and notice that hummingbirds don’t seem too interested in the nectar, try making your own! Mix one part sugar to four parts of water and boil for no more than two minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and fill your feeders. Store the rest in the refrigerator. Since your feeder is probably already quite red, don’t worry about adding dye to the solution.
ADD COLOR TO YOUR CAMPSITE
Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, so adding more pops of color around your campsite will create a super welcoming environment that they will want to come check out. If your feeder has lost some paint, revitalize it with a new coat, or simply add some red ribbon or tape to the feeder.
You can also use red or orange surveyor's tape in various spots to draw the attention of hummingbirds, making it more likely that they’ll want to stop for a sip of delicious nectar. Wrap tape on your awning, on your deck if you have one, on a nearby tree branch, or any other convenient location at your campsite to pique birds’ interest.
START A GARDEN
Since a hummingbird’s natural food source includes flowers, planting some lovely flowers or shrubbery will not only tempt hummingbirds with a snack, but they’ll be attracted to the flowers’ beautiful bright colors and add some liveliness to your campsite! Flowers such as bee balm, petunias, fuchsia, columbine, honeysuckle, and sage are great flowers that attract hummingbirds, while delphinium, cardinal flower, and butterfly bush will also add some volume to your garden and tempt these small birds. Just make sure that you get the ok from your campground before planting anything.
GIVE BIRDS A WARM WELCOME
Whether you’re trying to attract hummingbirds to your campsite or hoping to get them to return back to your feeders like last year, it’s important to be ready and welcoming to birds! Do a bit of research and get a good idea of when hummingbirds will be making their migration back north. Have a clean and filled feeder ready, as well as your bright flowers and shrubbery. Hummingbirds will either be interested in your setup, or will seek out your location if they had a successful season at your feeders last year.
What do you think of these tips for attracting hummingbirds to your campsite? Make the most out of your summers at the campground and share your space with nature by making these amazing little birds feel at home at your campsite.
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