The season begins with the adult male hummingbirds choosing a territory suitable for all their needs. Many of these males will return from previous years to the gardens they love, while many young males from the previous year are now of age to start a legacy of their own. They will search out quality locations that contain all the needs required for the breeding season to be successful. What we have to understand is that they will seek out a garden, or several within a small area, that contain an abundance of food, shelter, water, and let's not forget a few luxuries. If they see enough goodies within your garden, it will be incentive to stick around and wait for the females to arrive. The better your garden, the more males you'll have competing for that territory. Ultimately, one will win out, but the sweet desires throughout that garden will be temptation enough for the runners up to keep returning.
You will know by the number of males that stick around your garden, just how good it is. It's not you, but they, who will determine the quality of your garden.
Think like a hummingbird, and don't limit yourself to good enough. Increase your flower selection, especially those they love, and have multiple feeders. Add water features, hummingbird swings, and color to get their attention. Spread out feeders from corner to corner, and let them know that they have more than enough reasons to stay in your garden over the rest.
This is my Ziggy. He's one of about four male Ruby-throats that stick around each Spring, but he's earned the title for the past few years.
June 8, 2019. North east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada