Summer is just around the corner, and the hummingbirds will be back in full swing. Maybe you’ve already seen a few where you live! Plenty of people put out hummingbird feeders each year to take care of the fast-flying birds, but have you ever wondered where the best hummingbird feeder placement really is?
As it turns out, there are a few rules to hummingbird feeder placement.
Ideally, your hummingbird feeder should be in a location that is noticeable. If you have it hidden by a plant or bush, or it’s next to another bird or squirrel feeder, your hummers might not notice it quickly and they’ll fly right over it.
Additionally, it needs to be in a convenient location.
If you watch a hummingbird fly, you’ll notice that it doesn’t stay in one place for very long. Hanging your feeder on a deck, patio, or clear path will make it easy for them to maneuver around it without having to duck under anything. Also, the location should also be convenient for you, so you can clean and refill the feeder regularly.
Hummingbird feeders should also be in safe, private locations. Feeders should be hung high enough to make it impossible for cats to jump up and get them. They should also be far enough away from a window that your feathered friends won’t accidentally run into the glass.
Still stumped? Some of the best places for a hummingbird feeder include near a kitchen or office window, hanging from a gutter or gazebo, or within 10-12 feet of a protective structure so the birds have somewhere to find shelter.
Wherever you decide to hang your feeder, make sure you keep the view in mind, so you can enjoy your hummers all season long.