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How to Attract More Hummingbirds to Your Yard

There’s something fascinating about hummingbirds that sets them apart from our other feathered friends, which is why hummingbird feeders are so popular.</br></br>Maybe it’s because the little nectar sippers are so dang adorable, or maybe it's because they seem to defy the laws of nature. Whatever the reason, you can’t enjoy them if they never come to visit, and getting them to do that requires the right:</br></br>1. Season</br>2. Environment</br>3. Food</br></br>Let’s take a look at all three, in that order.</br></br><strong>Hummingbird Migration</strong></br></br>Yes, hummingbirds migrate! In winter, they make their homes in Mexico or even as far south as South America, but as soon as it starts to warm up they begin heading north.</br></br>Every state in America hosts at least one species of hummingbird, but some states get more than others. Imagine Mexico as a focal point that widens as it spreads north: The southwest is home to between six and 12 species, whereas the northeast accommodates only one or two.</br></br>Most species start migrating in March and continue throughout the summer. <a title="Hummingbird Central" href="http://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration.htm" target="_blank">Hummingbird Central</a> uses sighting reports to compile a map that updates in real time, which can help you pinpoint when your hummingbirds arrive.</br></br><strong>Hummingbird Homes</strong></br></br>You’ll have more success attracting hummingbirds if you think of your entire outdoor area as a hummingbird habitat. Shade, sun, flowers, insects and the artificial nectar you provide can all impact whether a hummingbird will come to visit.</br></br>Planting a garden with nectar-bearing flowers and avoiding chemical pesticides can help, but the one thing you can control best is your hummingbird feeder.</br></br><strong>Hummingbird Feeders</strong></br></br><a title="Hummingbird Feeders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/garden-decor/bird-feeders/wildlife-type/hummingbird/" target="_blank">The best hummingbird feeder</a> is one that is built well and looks good to you; the rest is all about the sugar water you put in it.</br></br>And, making sugar water is easy – just mix one part cane sugar to four parts water.</br></br>Finally, place your hummingbird feeder out of the wind and in the shade. This will make it easier for your birds to eat and keep your nectar from spoiling in the sun.</br></br>Good luck, and enjoy even more hummingbirds this year!
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