Putting Up The Hummingbird Feeder

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Here in Maryland, the temperature has been jumping around: winter, spring and summer taking turns all in a week or two. But today I took the plunge and put away my birdbath heaters and put up one of my hummingbird feeders. (I’ll put up the second one once I get some customers on the first.)

When To Put Up Your Hummingbird Feeder

How do you know when to put up your feeder? You can wait for the first hummingbird to arrive in your yard and then put it up, but they are tiny birds and could be easy to miss. So how do you decide? There are several easy ways:

  • Put your feeder up the same time you saw your first hummingbird last year or maybe just a little before.
  • Or check with bird watching friends in your area to ask when they put their feeder up.
  • Or check eBird listings to see if they’ve been sighted near you.
  • Or check the Journey North website to see this year’s migration.

How to Choose a Hummingbird Feeder

Want to purchase a hummingbird feeder? I looked at two different types of hummingbird feeders in a previous post. These are the two I use every year.

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

You can buy hummingbird nectar but if you can stir sugar into water, you can easily make your own. I show you how in this post.

Enjoy your hummers! Happy Spring!


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