Hummingbird feeders are magnets for these flying jewels. Putting those feeders in the proper place will not only attract more hummingbirds but will do so more safely and provide great views for watching every visitor.
But where should hummingbird feeders be located for the best results?
One of the best places to put a hummingbird feeder is near plants that hummingbirds are already visiting.
Hummingbirds feed from nectar-rich blossoms. They prefer red, yellow and orange flowers with a tubular shape (a long neck with petals on the end).
Place a Feeder Where You Can See It
Don’t forget to place your hummingbird feeder somewhere that allows you to view the comings and goings of the little dynamos.
Further, you need to place your hummingbird feeder in a spot that’s easy for you to reach so that you can reach it to refill it, clean it and monitor it for pests.
An unsafe hummingbird feeder can hurt birds, and feeders should always be hung high enough that cats or other predators will not be able to jump at feeding birds.
The feeders should also be either very close to windows or far enough away that birds can avoid the glass rather than risk collisions.
Not Too Hot
Choose a place for your feeder that’s not in direct sun all day. The nectar solution you put into a hummingbird feeder ferments more quickly the longer it’s in the hot sun.
If the nectar solution ferments and turns cloudy, hummers will stop once or twice for a sip, but they won’t linger and, if the solution stays funky, won’t return.
While hummingbirds are tiny, they still need room to maneuver around feeders so they can feel comfortable.
Hanging hummingbird feeders in dense brush can discourage frequent visits, but positioning the feeders in a more open spot will help the birds feel more comfortable.
While you want to see the hummingbirds that visit your feeders, you want to be sure your feeders are safe from the windows where you watch the birds.
Positioning feeders less than five feet or more than 15 feet away from windows minimizes the risk of fatal collisions.
With the right feeder placement, hummingbirds will find your feeders more quickly and your yard will be abuzz with glittery visitors.