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Backyard Front Yard: Hummers in the Hood

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Hummers in the Hood

“No, we are not talking about the extra large-scale SUVs, but rather, the very small-scale hummingbirds that have been frequenting our garden. So small, we sometimes think they are dragonflies, and very quick, the ruby-throated hummingbird is sometimes hard to see, let alone get a decent photo of. They will be migrating south to Mexico soon to overwinter, but should be back next May. Attract the colorful males with hummingbird feeders or attract the less-flashy females with nectar-rich flowers and maybe she will decide to spend the summer and raise a family in your backyard. After hatching young the females will only eat from flowers (not feeders) so if you really want a show, consider doing both.

The hummers in our garden really show a preference for scarlet bee balm, but other flowers that should attract them include¬†trumpet creeper and weigela. If any neighbors have additional recommendations for flowers to attract hummingbirds, by all means let us know!”

– Tara (Hood Avenue Neighbor)