I'm trying to increase the hummingbird population in my yard in Northeastern United States. I grow certain types of flowers specifically designed to keep them happy, and have often found them drinking from flowers people say they'll completely ignore.
I have one plastic feeder which I keep filled with nectar. I make that at home, or buy a bottled product made only of sugar and water, because red dye and other additives generally found in commercially prepared nectars are dangerous, and sometimes fatal.
My plan is to increase the number of feeders, but I'm not sure about the best way to position them.
- Is proximity to other types of bird and squirrel feeders a consideration?
- Is there a sun or shade preference?
- Does the height from the ground matter?
- Should they be near trees and bushes, or is it okay to put them in an open field?
- Can they be close, or attached, to a window?
- Can they be near each other, or should there be a distance between them? (I ask this because I was told that hummingbirds are territorial, and a male can guard a perimeter of up to 3 feet, making it important to keep their feeders at least that far apart.)
- Should they be among the flowers they like, or is the feeder a good way to attract them to different parts of the yard?
If you know of anything I haven't mentioned, I'd appreciate all suggestions.