New Here With Questions
I'm new here, first post. HI
I have been trying to build a hummingbird habitat and some websites suggest having a bird bath with a small fountain sprinkler. Since it is so hot here now (New York summer is hot and humid!) does anyone have any suggestions of a small bird bath fountain they have tried or any home made suggestions for a hummingbird lover on a budget?
What about insects? When I went to a butterfly preserve I saw little dishes of mellon out for the butterflies. It seemed like they loved it. Do hummers like this also? Or would it attract insects that they like to eat? Does it need to be off the ground like on a stand?
Also, where is the best location for a feeder? In the sun or in the shade? I have found that the hummers don't come near my garden when it's hot out... are they just eating somewhere else in the shade?
Any suggestions for very successful perennials that attract hummers for my zone (5b). I have monarda, foxglove, phlox and honeysuckle but, that's about all they seem to like. I planted a torch lily last year and it's blooming for the first time right now but, I haven't seen any hummers checking it out yet. Could it be too close to my porch? I've heard hummers are pretty brave and will feed very close to you if you sit still.
Sorry for so many questions but, I'm obsessed with the hummingbirds and I would like to make them happy so they return again year after year.