Cheyenne’s Backyard Ombudsman Gives Hummingbird Tips
Most everyone likes to look at and attract colorful hummingbirds. They really are fascinating creatures that like to frequent yards here in Wyoming.
- Sources of Nutrition: Make sure to have an abundance of flowering plants and fruit trees (or bushes, or vines, etc.). Hummingbirds are attracted to bold colors and sweet, succulent fruits such as oranges and apples.
- Bright Colors: Want to pollinate something that has a rather lackluster color? Tie a red or pink bow around some of the trees in your yard for an easy, quick hack.
- Hummingbird Feeders: These are sold at most big-box stores (Think Target or Wal-Mart, but Lowe’s and Home Depot carry a nice selection, too!). Only use sugar water, and refrain from adding food coloring, as it may be harmful to the birds. Instead, use a red feeder for attraction.
- Avoid Honey and Artificial Sweeteners: These may quickly ferment and cause oral issues with the birds. Instead, stick to pure sugar–either granulated white or the all-natural clumping brown stuff.
- Keep the Feeders Clean: Cleanliness is next to Godliness when it comes to these little birds. If you allow mold to grow, they may never come back to the feeder. Get a clean wet sponge or rag, and make sure to wipe off the feeder perches and feeding entrances every week or so.