My daughter just returned from a school sponsored trip to Costa Rica. She had a fabulous time working with special needs children and absorbing the culture. Beautiful beaches, fabulous food, jungle hikes, huge bugs, an active volcano and zip lines through the jungle canopy were all experiences of a life time. Surprisingly, one of her most vivid memories were of the hummingbirds. Costa Rica is positively teeming with them. We have our fair share here in the NW, but to increase our chances of catching a glimpse of them we have strategically placed feeders throughout our yard.
Hummingbirds follow a visual flight path looking for food. If you establish plants and flowers that are hummingbird favorites and then place a line of planters within sight of those plants, the hummingbirds will flit from plant to plant and feeder to feeder. The ultimate goal, of course, is to have at least one of your feeders at a location where you may comfortably observe them.
Our garden is stocked with azalea, butterfly bushes, petunias, fuchsias and impatiens. We are taking it one step further this year and using GiftTree’s Mother’s Day Wildflower Garden to attract the birds. The pot is an eye catching orange and pink and arrives with a packet of Seedballz. The Seedballz are little balls of clay rolled with seeds. All I have to do is put the Seedballz on top of a bunch of dirt, water and viola (or should I say violets), the garden will sprout and flourish. The Seedballz contain a mix of wild flowers specifically blended with hummingbirds and butterflies in mind.
If anyone has any other tips they know to attract hummingbirds, I would be interested in hearing about them. I am particularly looking for a good recipe for the “nectar” for feeders.