Wow! Did you see him dancing around the feeder? Sideways, forward, backward, up, down - and wait - was he upside down for a second? Only a hummingbird can do that! Ah - he's on attack. Another male is trying to get to "his" feeder. He chases him off in blur of motion. The "competitor" settles on another feeder you've provided.

In the US we have over 16 kinds of hummingbirds. In Georgia we may see Rufous, Black-Chinned, Magnificent, Allen's, Anna's, Broad-tailed and, of course, our mainstay, the Ruby -throated Hummingbird. The Ruby-throated typically migrates by the end of September but keep your feeders up year round to attract those migrating from other areas.

Hummingbirds consume half their body weight in food every day. It's important to keep your feeders full with fresh nectar and keep them clean to avoid the growth of mold. Hummingbirds will avoid feeders that have fermented nectar - they may take off to your neighbor's yard if this happens. They will also frequent the garden with open-throated flowers that provide them with natural nectar.  Hummers don't have a sense of smell so provide color to catch their attention. Think about adding plants, shrubs and vines such as Bee Balm, Columbine, Foxglove, Penstemon, Impatiens, Salvia, Azaleas, Weigela, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Lantana, Hosta, Flowering Quince, Honeysuckle, Cypress Vine, Morning Glory, Scarlet Runner Bean, Trumpet Creeper - well you get the idea!  Check out our seed selection.

  • Pesticides can be harmful to your hummers. They can sicken them but they also kill the small insects that they eat for protein, so try to avoid them.
  • Hummingbirds need and are attracted to water. Try using a spraay mister that emits a fine spray and have fun watching them fly through.
  • You may never see a hummer's nest on a tree branch since they are only about the size of a quarter, but you can still help by providing them some nesting materials.
  • Have ants in the feeder? Just put up an ant trap over the feeder. Not only will it prevent the ants from getting to the nectar (since they can't swim) but it will also provide other small birds such as Goldfinch a great water source. Another great way to attract other birds.
  • Have you noticed when the hummer is through feeding he may fly to a nearby branch to sit and watch "his" feeder? Provide them with perching opportunities (try out the Hummingbird Swing) to make it easier for them.
  • Humming birds are very loyal to their feeding sites. They typically live for 3-5 years (or more) - so keep the food supply  and water available and you may have "your family" returning for several years.