If you were driving down the streets in your neighborhood, how visible would your place be compared to all the others? Now think of it in terms of how a hummingbird would see it. Do you have much color? Do you have a few small flower pots or large masses of color that would draw the attention of any hummingbird? When a hummingbird is searching out new territory, it is on high alert with eyes wide open. Is one small pot of flowers worth the effort, or is it even visible from a few houses away? The amount of food has to outweigh the amount of energy a hummingbird will consume to find it, otherwise they would all meet their demise. We should all consider this when creating a hummingbird garden. A few flowers look nice but are they worth the effort for a hummingbird? Not only flowers, but do you have multiple choices of feeders for them?
Their survival is dependent on food. Few choices means few birds. Many choices means many birds. When a hummingbird realizes that it has choices between 12 feeders all condensed within 1 yard with large visible clusters of flowers, or the garden down the street with one pot of flowers and one feeder, I can assure you its choice will be simple as to which garden it'll spend most of its time.
Although hummingbirds are drawn to Mass, and not for their anger issues, they are drawn because of their will to survive. Give them a reason, or should I say several reasons to return.
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