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.)

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Where to Put Bird Feeders: Spread Them Out!

Backyard Bird Feeders

How do you make your yard’s bird feeders a success with a wide variety of birds? If you’ve got more than one or two feeders, and have the space, consider spreading them out! Too many feeders right on top of each other, each appealing to different types of birds, creates congestion and increases conflict as species and personal spaces overlap.¬†

This doesn’t mean that every feeder has to be its own remote island. If you instead think about feeder types and who is likely to visit each feeder, you can instead cluster the ones that make sense to be near each other and leave space in between the clusters that allow various species to eat relatively peacefully at the same time.

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Time To Put Out Your Hummingbird Feeder!

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at a Feeder
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Perky Pet Feeder

One of the great things about spring here on the east coast is the return of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. They are on their way (or may even be here, depending on where you live!) So now is a good time to clean your feeder (or get one if you don’t have one), whip up a batch of sugar water nectar, put up your feeder¬†and start watching for these beautiful little birds. They’ll be hungry after their long trip so make them welcome!

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