Hummingbirds are the tiniest among birds and can be seen migrating to different places most of the time. You can also see them hovering near the flowers with nectar and even near the hummingbird feeders. But do you want to know how many times they visit the feeders? Continue reading this article to know more about it.
How many times a day will a hummingbird visit a feeder?
Hummingbirds get most of their energy for flying from the nectar they consume. To be able to fly, they need to fill their stomach with at least half of their body weight. Therefore most of the time, you might be able to see them feeding the nectar.
These little birds prefer concentrated nectar. They visit the flowers in the wild which contains 7%-60% sucrose, and the artificial nectar in the feeders that we hung must contain at least 24% sucrose to attract the hummingbirds.
These tiny creatures are most active during the daytime and find a place to rest at night. Therefore to keep themselves energetic, they need to have a few sips of nectar every 15 mins. So, now with this, you can get an idea of how many times the hummingbirds can visit the feeders.
If you have your feeders filled with sweet and fresh nectar, you can expect them to come to your feeders more than 25 times a day. But this number varies as per the region and the number of hummingbirds seen at that place. And if any region has more migratory hummingbirds, these birds can definitely be seen more than 25 times.
These birds also feed on a few insects and plants to boost their energy apart from the sweet nectar. Actually, when they sip the nectar from the feeder or eat the insects and plants, their tongue doesn’t collect much nectar or other food items as required, and hence these birds feel the need to feed more, or you can say they feel hungry more frequently.
What times of the day do the hummingbirds visit the feeders?
As hummingbirds are seen migrating to different places, they visit the nearby feeders to fill up their energy. Here are some of the day times when you can expect the hummingbirds at your feeders.
You can expect your feeder to be the busiest in the morning. This is because the hummingbirds have a good sound sleep at night, and in the morning, they are seen near the nectar feeders or flowers to top their energy levels for the day ahead.
Even in the afternoon, you can see hummingbirds hovering around the nectar feeders, flowers, and plants to feed and boost their energy levels. They have a high metabolic rate which makes them feel the need to feed at least 5 times in an hour. And, hence for them, sugar water or nectar is the main source of energy that keeps them fit and alive.
After spending the whole day migrating to different places, these tiny birds start to settle down in the evening or before sunset and hence spend their time searching for a place to rest at night. You might notice very few hummingbirds around the feeders or flowers during this time, but there won’t be much buzz around.
Maintaining the feeder when visiting frequency of the hummingbirds increases?
When many hummingbirds come to your yard, there are chances that your feeder can empty quickly. But, at such times, it is also very important that you maintain the feeder to avoid losing some of your visitors. Here are some handy tips for you.
Using multiple feeders
This is one of the best options to consider when your feeder is busy with tiny hummingbirds. You can bring another attractive feeder of your choice and then fill it earlier when your first feeder is half empty. This will help to attract many tiny visitors to your feeder.
Hummingbirds are among the birds that require clean surroundings while feeding. Therefore, keep cleaning the feeder areas after a few hours when the number of hummingbirds visit is more.
Change sugar water/nectar
If exposed to the sun for a long time, nectar can spoil; therefore, make sure to change the nectar frequently if the weather is hot. Changing the nectar after some time during the hot weather can help to provide hummingbirds with fresh nectar. Also, ensure that the nectar is made with the correct formula to maintain the right proportion of sucrose.
Clean the feeder components
Cleaning the feeder before refilling the nectar is always a good practice to prevent mold formation and fungi. You can separate the parts and clean them with hot water and bleach so that all the nectar residues are cleaned properly. You can even use a small bottle brush to clean the feeder parts.
Keep the pests away
The sweet nectar is not only loved by the hummingbirds but also by the ants and bees. So, while hanging the feeder, always ensure that it is not accessible by the ants, bees or any other insect.
Here are some of the tips that might be helpful for you to keep the pests away.
Ants: To keep the ants away from the feeder, you can use a nectar protector, which is usually a small open cup. You can fill it with normal tap water and place it above the feeder. This will help as a barrier to prevent the ants from drinking the nectar.
Bees: To prevent the bees from feeding the nectar, you can use any edible oil or vegetable oil on the surface of the feeder. This oil act as a deterrent for bees. Never apply any petroleum products like Vaseline, as it might harm them. Another solution is to avoid buying feeders with small yellow flowers.
Squirrels or Raccoons: These animals have great skills in climbing heights. Therefore to prevent them from eating the nectar, you can install baffles on top of the feeders so that they can slide down if trying to access the feeder.
How do hummingbirds know you have a feeder?
Hummingbirds have a strong memory, and they remember the feeder location from which they have fed the sweet nectar during their previous migration journey. Therefore if you had sweet nectar for them in the previous year, they assume that even this time they might find sweet nectar again in your feeder. These birds remember the feeder location by the nearby landmarks. Also, they feel that the bright color flowers or the feeders are a good source of nectar for them. And due to their amazing vision, they can see these bright colors and figure out the nectar source even from a long distance.
How to attract hummingbirds to feeders?
Many of you might be excited and curious to know how you can attract these tiny birds. So, to make it easy for you, here are a few tips for attracting these hummingbirds.
- Plant red flowers in your balcony or yard, as this color seems to be more attractive to hummingbirds, and they feel that these flowers have more fresh nectar.
- Keep the feeders clean and protect them from ants, insects, and bees.
- Hang the feeders in areas from where they are easily visible to hummingbirds. These tiny creatures have amazing vision, and so they can see your feeders even from a greater distance.
- Hummingbirds have a great memory, and they remember the feeder from which they gave consumed the nectar. So, if one of the tiny birds had come to your feeder last year, there are chances they might arrive again to your feeder. Therefore try hanging the feeder in the same location.
- Install a water bath near the feeder, as these tiny birds like to drink, bathe, and play in the water.
Hummingbirds are one of the birds that most birdwatcher wants to see in their balcony or yard. These birds have a high metabolism, and so you can watch them near your feeders many times in a day. I hope this article has given you some idea of how many times a hummingbird might visit your feeder and also answered some of your questions related to it.