Whether you use a Shepherd’s Hook or a stationary bird feeding station on a pole depends on your specific situation.
Hummingbird feeders should be hung from a pole in a patch of flowers that provide nectar. Likewise, if you want to attract birds, hang your feeder near or below a basket of plants that attract insects. Accessible to anyone, this clearing features a bird feeder pole in the middle of abundant sunshine and a clear sky (with the possibility of additional shade).
Your first stop in attracting hummingbirds to your yard, even without a feeder, should be a bed of flowers or plants that produce nectar and are covered in insects.
In the wild, hummers get their energy from nectar, but they also eat insects like ants and fruit flies that they find on plants.
You can plan ahead by planting nectar flowers for later use, while focusing on fast-growing plants that attract bugs, which in turn attract hungry hummingbirds.
In order to attract hummingbirds, grow nectar-rich flowers in a hanging basket and suspend it from the ground below, or from the ceiling above. This is done so that hummingbirds can remain close to the feeder where they can feast on insects and nectar.
For this to operate, you’ll need a hummingbird feeder with numerous feeding ports, so that hummers from all directions can dine at once.
Putting up a bird feeder pole is all it takes to ignore nature if that’s what you like to do.
If you put the pole in the middle of a yard with lots of light and a clear sky above, you can be sure that passing hummingbirds will see your feeder.
The nectar can degrade if exposed to direct heat for too long, thus it’s important to hang the feeder in the shade during extreme heat, while the hummingbird feeder should be kept in filtered sunlight.
Despite this, hummingbirds aren’t likely to browse in and among trees, so you don’t need to put your feeder there. However, if you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, a bold or plainly visible feeder among open bare branches can be a possibility.
Above or under bug-attracting plants
Plants that attract fruit flies and other pests can be grown in the illustrated basket, and the hummingbird feeder can be hung underneath.
The best site to hang a hummingbird feeder is wherever the birds are already feeding, which is often among insect-rich plants.
In the wild, hummingbirds will eat a wide variety of insects, not just those they find in hummingbird feeders. These insects include, but are not limited to, ants, flies, aphids, beetles, mites, and mosquitoes.
You may find them all on the daisy and sunflower blossoms in the compositae family.
You can attract hummingbirds by placing a basket of nectar-rich flowers such as Black-eyed Susans, blue Lobelias, cup plants, marigolds, milkweed, Riddell’s goldenrod, and yellow Giant Hyssops near or above your feeder.
You can lure hummers to your yard by planting all or some of these flower species on a hanging bed of dirt in a sunny spot of your yard.
The hummingbird feeder doesn’t need to be far from the blooms for the birds to reach the nectar ports, so it can be close by.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a porch post, a side of the house, a post in the middle of the yard, or even the side of the shed; all you need is somewhere to place the flower basket from which to suspend the hummingbird feeder.
Low among colorful flowers
Only if you cultivate flowers that provide nectar in your yard will hummingbirds visit your feeder.
Hummingbirds can be drawn to a yard full of nectar-rich blooms in the future, but for now, I suggest hanging your feeders from a bird feeder pole in a clearing in the yard.
Start your tubular flower garden in a planter or at the yard’s edge.
You’ll need to select brightly colored nectar flowers, such as the bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines that are perennial favorites in the yard.
Hanging hummingbird feeders from nectar blooms is obviously not a good idea, but you can suspend feeders among flowers from a bird feeder pole.
Although the flowers in your garden are likely to be much shorter, nectar blooms can grow up to 7 feet tall, making this a suitable height above the ground to keep hummingbirds safe on feeders.
Place a bird feeder pole among these flowers so that hummingbirds can choose between the feeders and the flowers for nectar, however it’s likely that they’ll utilize both or neither if feeders are also located in other parts of the yard.
Hummingbird feeders are most effective when suspended from a pole in a sunny area with plenty of flowers that produce nectar that can be easily reached by the birds.
Open to all Hummingbirds on pole
One hummingbird feeder hung on a bird feeder pole will attract hummers, and extra feeders can be added if necessary.
Hummingbird feeder placement
Hanging it from a sturdy metal bird feeder pole is, in my opinion, the best option, even if you plan to supplement it with plants that attract beneficial insects or flowers that provide nectar.
A Shepherd’s Hook or a pole with one or more brackets for feeding birds would qualify as a bird feeder pole.
Hanging hummingbird feeders requires special brackets because hummers don’t get along with other common backyard bird species.
A dominant hummingbird could ruin the festivities by stealing food from a feeder.
If the bully hummer persists in causing problems, you may need to increase the number of feeders you have in your yard and space them further apart, by at least 6-8 feet.
You should put the pole where the hummingbird feeders are in the sun if at all possible, but you should prioritize a shady spot so that the sugar water doesn’t evaporate.
As hummingbirds are attracted to movement, a bird feeder pole should be placed in a highly visible area of the yard, preferably on the grass.
That being stated, the best type of hummingbird feeder to utilize is one that hangs from the ceiling; however, window feeders and those that are designed to be hung but instead rest on a flat surface are also viable options for attracting these little winged creatures to your yard.
Even if you don’t have much room in your home, you may still attract birds and butterflies by installing a deck-mounted bird bath, which sometimes includes a pole from which to hang feeders for small birds like hummingbirds.
Lit up in sun with shade area
This hummingbird feeder is illuminated in the sun, but later in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky, the feeder will be in more shade, which is better for preserving the nectar.
Although most of you probably agree that a bird feeder pole is ideal for hanging a hummingbird feeder, the question of whether or not the feeder should be exposed to direct sunlight remains.
More sun with enough shelter to keep the prepared nectar cool would be a good compromise.
However, in the summer or when there is a lot of humidity, the nectar in a hummingbird feeder will degrade quickly.
It’s going to be difficult, shade or no shade, to keep your nectar at a cool or room temperature.
Whatever the case may be, I advise you to put your hummingbird feeder in a spot with plenty of shade. Keep in mind that hummers prefer to feed in the sun, so if additional hummers can be attracted by exposing the feeder to some sunlight, that’s a bonus.
Hanging a hummingbird feeder in your yard is fine, but in hotter weather the nectar may cloud up, grow mold, or degrade quickly.
To keep nectar fresher for longer, find a shady spot in a yard with plenty of open, light space.
Under porch cover
A hummingbird feeder hung from the underside of a porch is a great place for attracting hummingbirds like the one shown here.
The ideal locations for hummingbird feeders that I’ve suggested so far include hanging them in and around colorful nectar-filled flowers or plants that attract insects.
Within these vibrant vegetation, we will hang hummingbird feeders from a bird feeder pole.
Although a bird feeder pole is suggested for the most of people, a hummingbird feeder hung from a covered porch might be an excellent alternative.
Hummingbirds prefer feeding in a sunny clearing, but after they get to know you, they may accept food from your hand. This makes it more likely that they will visit hummingbird feeders hung from a deck or porch.
A hummingbird feeder hung under a porch, which, in my opinion, can be a bit limiting for use with a hummingbird feeder, can still be of value to hummingbirds in two ways.
The hummers can still feed in the pouring rain because, first, the porch is covered and you can tend to it more frequently in inclement weather.
The second is that the food in the hummingbird feeder will last longer if it is placed on a porch that is shaded by an overhang or roof.
In addition to all that, you can use hanging flower baskets filled with bug-attracting blooms to entice hummers to your porch or deck.
Hummingbird feeders are best hung close to or above plants that attract beneficial insects.
You can either suspend the feeder above or below a plant basket to attract hummingbirds. What will happen is that hummers will come to the feeder because they are interested in the insects that will be drawn to the plant baskets.
Also, a bed of flowers dripping with nectar is a great method to attract hummers.
Although hummingbirds can get their nectar from flowers, they will eventually stop using them in favor of the feeder you’ve hung nearby.
Since hummingbird feeders can’t be hung from flowers that produce nectar, a bird feeder pole must be impaled into the flower bed.
Don’t worry if you’re not much of a gardener; a bird feeder pole is all you really need to attract birds to your yard.
A bird feeder pole, from which a single or numerous hummingbird feeders can be strung, may be the most convenient approach to attract these little but feisty birds to your yard.
Hang the feeder from a pole in a bright location, but consider providing some shade if the prepared nectar will degrade too rapidly in the heat of summer.
Hummingbird feeders should be placed in a sunny area of the yard, as this is where the birds prefer to feed.
Finally, if you have a porch that may be shaded, install a hummingbird feeder underneath it so that it is close to flower baskets but still in the shadow.