Updated: Aug 18
Hummingbird feeders are a great way to get 'slowed' views of hummingbirds. They are also a great way to support these zippy buggers during late spring storms!
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Hummingbirds are the pinnacle of backyard bird feeding. These lustrous flying paragons (say that 3 times, fast) are fierce, yet delicate, and they require a more constant effort from bird feeders.
Best Hummingbird Feeders
Most bird-lovers in the US and Canada do not see the hordes of hummingbirds that visit key migration sites. However, no matter your location, everyone has the opportunity to attract a hummingbird. Since you are unlikely to have your feeders mobbed by hundreds of hummingbirds, you do not need a 20+ oz hummingbird feeder. Why? The birds simply cannot eat the "nectar" before you need to replace it and clean the feeder. Our solution? The Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Feeder from Amazon! This feeder is a small, easy-to-clean hummingbird feeder! Also, this feeder lacks yellow flowers which some studies show can attract bees, wasps, etc.
Best Overall: Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder - Amazon
This hummingbird feeder has received 4.5/5.0 stars in online reviews! A major benefit of this feeder is its ease of cleaning! Cleaning is essential to keep your hummingbirds safe and healthy, so an easy to clean feeder should be at the top of your list!
Best Large Capacity Hummingbird Feeder: 72 oz Hummingbird Feeder - Amazon
Making Homemade Hummingbird Food
Please, please, please, DO NOT USE RED DYE! If you do not believe you have the time to make your own hummingbird food, then plant flowers that attract hummingbirds. Purchasing hummingbird food with red dyes is not helping birds. DO NOT DO IT.
Now, to make your own hummingbird food, follow these steps:
Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved - Make sure to only use REFINED WHITE SUGAR (Amazon) (no honey)
DO NOT ADD ANY DYE
Fill your hummingbird feeder with homemade food
Extra hummingbird food can be stored in a refrigerator
Here at Flocking Around, we make enough food to last for several weeks, and then we store it in sealed glass jars. If you are worried about the time required for making food, this is a great way to be prepared. Of course, the whole process takes less than 10 minutes, but we still won't discourage a well-prepped birdwatcher!
Identify Hummingbirds with Our Top Hummingbird Field Guide
Of course, attracting hummingbirds is the first step. The next step is to learn to identify the species that might visit your feeders and yard! Our top recommendation is North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide from Amazon.
Next, enjoy this video from one of the best days of hummingbird watching I've experienced in the Rockies!
Do not overthink your bird feeder purchases. Simple and less are usually more when it comes to feeding birds.