Sir David Attenborough

On his September 27, 2020 CBS News 60 Minutes interview and his comments regarding the state of the planet and his lifetime of nature productions.

He concludes--------> "Well, thank you very much, I'll stay where I am and watch hummingbirds".

I surely agree.

Dr. H. Ross Hawkins/ Founder Hummingbird Society



Hummingbirds are not interested in the brand of feeder, where you purchased or the cost. What interests them is a feeder that is clean and provides a regular supply of nectar. They also like feeders with perches as they allow the hummer a brief rest. Note that hummers expend an enormous amount of energy just hovering for food---thus the amount of effort expended is minimized by offering feeders with perches.

And perches permit people to get a better view of their guests. 

Select feeders that are functional rather than a gifty ceramic upside-down strawberry type. They should be robust enough to last years and they should function properly. Most people want a feeder that is pleasing to their eye though ultimately, the hummers will be the ones to choose.

We human hummer feeders often have preferred designs for feeders, but there is probably no single “best” design that covers all important characteristics. We have selected hummingbird feeders that disassemble easily for cleaning and maintenance, provide good viewing of the birds using the feeder, and are durable and bee-resistant. The latter often translates to “non-drippy” though there are other factors involved in bee resistance.

There are really only a handful of basic designs for a hummingbird feeder though the details and execution (and the effectiveness) of the designs can vary widely. We have tested them all and offer, what we feel is the best-of-the-best.

Hummingbird Accessories

There are many products available and we have selected what we consider to be the best pest barriers, nesting material and feeder hanging devices. And a couple of handy guides for identifying your visitors.

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Feeding Hummingbirds Quick List

1. Offer quality blend of sugars for your nectar.

2. Use a high quality functional feeder.

3. Feeders should be absolutely clean. Polluted/ contaminated feeders are not only bad for hummers, but they will likely never return to the feeder.

4. Don't wait for the hummers to consume all the nectar. Change nectar every two to three days in hot weather, every four to five days in cooler weather. The feeder should be thoroughly cleaned each time the nectar is changed.

5. Please have patience to allow hummingbirds to find your feeder.


• Place feeders in shade whenever possible.

• UV stable polycarbonate is the highest recommended material for feeders that are in direct sun. Most manufacturers of such feeders offer lifetime guarantees on their products.

• Change nectar often to prevent fermentation and mold or bacteria build-up. Twice a week is highly recommended in general. Particular circumstances, such as extremely hot or cold daily temperatures, may determine a longer or shorter “freshness time” for nectar. Fermented nectar (left out too long) is giving your hummingbirds a license to fly drunk. Avoid this happening by keeping a regular schedule for cleaning and refilling.

• Avoid using soaps. Some people use bleach, or vinegar when cleaning feeders between refills. Using hot water and a brush/ sponge will leave no residues.

• Never use red food coloring.

• Avoid additives. Keep it pure and simple.

• Never use honey, organic sugar, cane or agave syrup, or brown sugar. These sweeteners contain many natural elements that may be safe for humans but may be harmful to hummers. They contain too much iron, calcium, etc.

• Hummingbirds do not suck nectar. Their tongues lick up nectar at a high rate of speed – 13-20 times per second!

• Boiling water (not nectar) for making nectar is good for several reasons. It eliminates chlorine and any potentially harmful bacteria/ microbes, and retards fermentation by at least 24 hours. Allow to cool before adding nectar.

• Avoid distilled and purified bottle waters.

• It is believed that hummingbirds have an internal navigation system akin to a GPS system. They will always return to favorite feeders that have the best nectar for them.

• Most feeders have the color red incorporated into their manufacture. For feeders that lack enough color, try tying a red ribbon to the feeder or paint some red nail polish around the food ports. Once they find it for the first time, their little GPS system will effectively enable them to return to the same exact location time after time.

• There are many feeders on the market – some better than others – in quality and attractiveness to hummingbirds. The least expensive feeders are the ones that most often experience the common problems – leaking, dripping, not bee/ant proof, poor quality of materials, not UV stable, etc.

• Locate feeders near nectar producing flowers, if possible.

• Hummingbirds are very territorial, especially adult males who expend extraordinary energy defending “their” nectar supply. To encourage cooperation and not competition at the feeder, consider placing multiple feeders out of sight of each other and you may be rewarded with adult females and juveniles sharing a feeder.

• Hang multiple feeders at different heights above ground level to attract more hummers. Some hummers prefer low and Rufous prefer a higher vantage point.

• At nesting time a reliable source of nectar will encourage momma hummingbird to nest nearby. Thus, reducing travel time from feeder to nest. And perhaps facilitating another brood. Then you'll have adults, first brood and then second brood.