This is my third year to put up a hummingbird feeder. The past two years, I...

Asked April 24, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

This is my third year to put up a hummingbird feeder. The past two years, I didn't get any hummingbirds and so, I told a friend that if I don't get any this year, I won't try again next year. They told me not to give up, that it could take 5 years to get hummingbirds, that you have to gain their trust. Is this true?

Montgomery County Ohio

1 Response

Oh don't give up !
It's not so much about gaining their trust (I've never seen an data on that) but more about providing a habitat that provides for their needs. Although a feeder can be an integral part, the hummingbirds needs are a little more diverse. Ruby-throated hummingbirds, the most common in Ohio, have a few simple habitat needs that can be provided in backyards or patios They need an ample supply of insects and nectar for food. This can be provided by hummingbird attracting plants. Trees are required for nesting, resting, and escape cover.

Believe me, the first time you see one right outside your window or on flits by your face in the summer heat, you will know your perseverance was well worth it.
http://http//extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/FNR-249-W.pdf