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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

These little creatures were first discovered by Spanish explorers who called them “joyas voladoras” – translation: “flying jewels”. They are really something else – beautiful to watch and admire. But they are a whole lot more than just one of nature’s wonders. Their physical capabilities are truly amazing. They can migrate at least 2000 miles from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds. And can you believe that hummingbird can actually cross the Gulf of Mexico? If you think about it, it is astounding, that something that small can actually fly 500 miles without rest.

Here are a few interesting facts about these beautiful birds and some of their most common species:

  • If you were to compare hummingbird’s energy to humans, you would learn that a hovering hummingbird has an energy output per unit weight ten times that of a person running 9 miles per hour. If a person was to do the same amount of work per unit of weight, he or she would expend 40 horsepower.
  • Hummingbirds are like bees – they carry pollen from one plant to another while they are feeding. And one single bird can visit 1000 – 2000 blossoms in a day.

Here are some the most common species:


Allen’s Hummingbird



Berylline Hummingbird

Black Chinned Hummingbird

Blue Throated Hummingbird

Board Billed Hummingbird

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Buff Bellied Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Lucifer Hummingbird


How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden:

All you have to do is to remember that hummingbirds will stop to drink, so by providing plants rich in nectar, plus a source of shade and water, you will witness hummingbirds hovering around your garden regularly.

While they are mostly attracted to tubular blooms. they also love orange, pink and yellow blooms. And single blooms will provide easier access to the nectar than multiple blooms.

Hummingbirds are not continuously flying – they like to rest as well, so shrubs and trees will give them a place to rest as well as to nest.

They need eight times their body weight in water on daily basis, so a small garden fountain with a small spray nozzle of a dripper near your flower bed will attract them.

They are also very territorial – while the male establishes the territory first, females will chase intruders away from their plants or feeders. Remembering that, you should plant your hummingbird-attracting plants in various parts of your garden to allow the birds their own spaces.

You can fill a feeder with simple sugar syrup – but never use honey, brown sugar, artificial sweeteners or food colourings. To mix your own syrup, mix one-quarter to one-third cup of granulated sugar with one cup of water. Bring to boil and let cool before filling your feeder. The more feeders you provide, the happier hummingbirds will be!

You can learn about Hummingbirds here.

I’ll be looking forward to your feedback – it is always very much welcomed and appreciated!

Anna’s Hummingbird


About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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Mid - September 15, 2014

Love your page! I am an ardent fan of Hummers, and love to photograph them. We live in northern Indiana and Western Michigan along the Lake. What you call broad-tailed Hummingbirds, we call Ruby-Throats. An important reminder: Please keep your feeders filled with fresh sugar water (every two days, no more than three, esp. in hot weather)to help keep the Hummingbirds healthy. Sugar water will mold/spoil quickly if left more than that) I have had my Hummingbirds hover in front of me, within reaching distance, and feed not more than a foot or two away as I sit photographing them! I think they get used to you, and if you hold a very small feeder, they might come to it. It’s worth a try if you have the patience, and that could lead to just holding out your hand. So fascinating and lovely ~ they are truly one of God’s special creations!

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