Here are some great plants and feeders that will attract hummingbirds to your yard!
Hummingbirds have been spotted in southern Virginia and it's the perfect time to make them feel welcome! What we're most likely to see in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. are the ruby-throated hummingbirds as they migrate up the East Coast.
You can follow along on the progress of the birds with this migration map on Hummingbird Central. It's also a great website for information about different types of hummingbirds and regional sightings.
If you want to see more hummingbirds, take a look around your yard for ways to catch their attention. Some of the best plants you can get for our growing zone to naturally feed hummingbirds include colorful lantana, butterfly bushes, and zinnias. They are especially drawn to the color red, so keep that in mind while you're browsing at the garden center.
Courtesy of Hummingbirds Plus
Don't have enough of a yard for flowering plants? Try putting up a hummingbird feeder instead! You can find them online or at most garden centers and hardware stores. All you do is keep them supplied with a sweet solution to satisfy even the most discerning nectar lover. Make sure to hang it somewhere that you can see easily from a comfortable spot in the house. Hummingbirds aren't the most social feeders.
Just think of the incredible photos you could take, with the right irresistible feeding setup. How amazing is this shot from last year?
A bonus aspect of keeping a hummingbird feeder around, you may even attract butterflies!
Butterfly’s are competition for the humming birds. This guy had trouble poking around for the nectar..does anyone know the species? #feedingbutterfly #hummingbirdfeeder #nectar #drinkup pic.twitter.com/DVOLOppIE2— Marc Coventry (@marc_coventry) June 1, 2019
Do you have a fool-proof trick for attracting hummingbirds? Share it with us in the comments!