If you would like to attract hummingbirds into your backyard, then a commercially available hummingbird feeder might be just the ticket. Hummingbirds require a large amount of nectar in order to maintain their rapid flying pace and high metabolism. Normally they receive their nectar by visiting nearby flowers, however, sugar water makes an adequate substitute for the nectar they normally imbibe. A little known fact is that hummingbirds also eat insects for protein, but they require nectar to give them sufficient speed to catch the insects. Follow these suggestions for the ideal components of the best hummingbird feeders available on the market.
There are a wide variety of different types of hummingbird feeders with imaginative designs. Perhaps the key element that is uniform among them is the presence of a bright red color. This is due to a widely held notion that the color red is more likely to attract hummingbirds than other colors, perhaps because people believe bright reds are colors common to flowers that hummingbirds prefer. Many experts claim that this is a myth, and that hummingbirds are not necessarily attracted more to red than other colors, but still the presence of red persists in various hummingbird feeder designs.
Feeders come in many shapes and sizes and can be purchased at a wide range of stores. Most feeders are made from either plastic or glass, consisting of a section that holds the sugar water attached to a component that dispenses the water. Hummingbirds must transition into using a feeder. It is a learned behavior that they generally acquire from watching other hummingbirds. Thus it may take a little while for hummingbirds in your area to adapt to the use of your feeder. If you had an old feeder, then it is a good idea to place the old feeder near the new one, so that they associate the two. If you do not, then try to position your feeder near flowers in your garden that your hummingbirds feed from. Hummingbirds are naturally curious creatures, so it should not take too long for them to discover this new food source.
There are a few important components you should look for in purchasing a hummingbird feeder. First, look for a feeder that is easy to clean and easy to hang. Second, you should decide whether or not you want your feeder to include a perch for hummingbirds while they feed. This can be a convenient addition for them, since flying and hovering takes a significant amount of energy.
A common mistake made by people new to hummingbird feeders is buying a feeding reservoir that is too large. If your tank is too large, it is possible that the sugar water will expire and go bad before the hummingbirds have the chance to drain it all. Another good thing to know is that hummingbirds are territorial and will protect food sources, thus if you would like to attract numerous hummingbirds, it is a good idea to put up several feeders scattered around your home.