How to Attract Hummingbirds

Flying Hummingbird

How to Attract Hummingbirds and Keep Them

Named after the humming sound of their wings, hummingbirds are  smallest of birds, measuring 3-5 inches, hummingbirds are adored by many people including myself.  Due to their fast metabolism, they must eat frequently to keep their little bodies fueled.  My research shows they migrate about 500 miles, so have your feeder ready in the spring and leave it up in the fall until you haven’s seen them for a few weeks. This ensures young birds and injured birds get food. Here are some tips to attract hummingbirds. 

Perched Hummingbird
Perched Hummingbird showing Ant Moat

 Tips to attract hummingbirds and keep them

  • Put a feeder at least 4-6 feet away from other bird feeders
  • try to find a little shade since the heat can cause the solution to ferment
  • change feeding water frequently, at least weekly or when starting to empty
  • Find your areas migration time and set feeders out.
  • Clean the feeder weekly and rinse well.
  • Consider an ant moat
  • mix your own solution avoid dyes
  • Do not let your feeder run dry
  • Be Patient

Mixing your own solution to attract hummingbirds

  • It’s easy. One part sugar to 3 parts water.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Use a funnel if necessary to pour into feeder.
  • Early in the season, I mix 3/4 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar
Hummingbird and Feeder
Hummingbird feeding from a feeder

 

I Have Hummingbirds and a New Camera

Photographing these hummingbirds consisted of:

  • Good equipment
  • High shutter speed
  • Low aperture
  • proper white balance
  • a steady hand
  • patience (I had to be very still and wait)
  • the ability to withstand several mosquito bytes
Hummingbird flying
Georgia Hummingbird in flight

Although I was able to photograph some hummingbirds with my new Camera,  I’m having a tough time photographing my art due to the rain, heat and humidity and the fact that due to the sun’s position, my outdoor photography shade spot has disappeared.  However, I got lucky just before a thunderstorm came along  today and was able to photograph four of my recent paintings. I will be posting them very soon.  You can watch for my paintings on my homepage found here: www.TinasFineArts.com .

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Should I paint some of these hummingbirds? I’m thinking I may paint at least one. I’ve always been fascinated with these hummingbirds that migrate here in Georgia for the summer. They’re so tiny and adorable. I do get Ruby Throated hummingbirds, but they were not present during the time I was photographing them.

For those of you wanting my art photography tips. I’m tweaking that post and it’s almost ready.It’s a longer post, so has taken some time. I promise to post it real soon.

Want to read more about hummingbirds? Check out this site: https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/hummingbirds/history.php

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