In San Diego, we have a great environment to enjoy our gardens year round, but we’re not the only ones who take so much delight in our spaces. Critters of all kinds can make their homes in your garden–some temporary, some permanent. Today, we’re going to talk about how to attract hummingbirds to your garden.
The hummingbird you’re most likely to see in your SD garden is called the Anna’s Hummingbird. The males have red throats with occasional red on their head; the females are mostly green with a light colored chest. These little dudes live here in San Diego year round unlike most hummingbirds that migrate, so you can keep your garden full of color and birds all year long.
Right now, it feels like spring in San Diego so these little birds are building nests and settling in. It’s a great time to provide them with the 3 things they need:
- Food (in the form of a feeder)
- Shelter (in the form of plants and shrubs they can hide in if danger presents itself)
- Water (in the form of a bird bath or fountain, just skip adding algae killing chemicals)
Now for an extremely easy recipe for hummingbird nectar:
Easy Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
- Mix a solution of 1 part sugar and 4 parts water into a sauce pan
- Boil until the sugar dissolves. Store in the fridge to save.
Tip: Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red above all so if your feeder isn’t red, you can add some red food color to the solution. Make sure to use organic food color because we don’t want our birds getting some weird chemicals.
Good luck with your tweets this spring!