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The Hummingbirds are Coming

The Hummingbirds are Coming

In the spring, hummingbirds return to their summer homes hungry from their long migration. To attract them to your home, plant red flowers that bloom early, such as red penstemon to serve as a beacon of refuge.

Also, supplement the birds' diet with a feeder (found at your local store) filled with homemade nectar:

  • Boil four parts water to one part sugar and let cool.
  • Fill the feeder and hang at least 15 feet away from any window (to keep the birds from hitting the glass).
  • Be sure to attach the bee guard that comes with the feeder to prevent bees from stealing the nectar and stinging the birds.
  • As spring turns to summer, the hot weather will turn the sugar water rancid so change the mixture often.