How do you get a hummingbird to nest in your yard? Most of the time, hummingbirds nest in secluded bushes or trees and unless you’re in the right place at the right time, your chances of discovering a nest are pretty slim. A hummingbird’s nest is only about the size of half a walnut shell. But on occasion hummingbirds been known to nest in rose bushes and even on clotheslines.
One way to encourage a female hummingbird to nest where you can see it is to put up a Hummingbird “House.” It’s not really a house, but a Y-shaped metal frame that comes equipped with artificial landing leaves and a sheltering “leaf” overhead. The special Y-shape and the overhead shelter mimic the ideal nesting location hummingbirds seek out.
Our Facebook Fan “Palmsprings Shirl” purchased a Hummingbird House from Duncraft and had the wonderful experience of watching a hummingbird build a nest and lay two eggs. One of the eggs has hatched! Enjoy the great video and pictures she took! Scroll down to view the photos and read some excellent advice about where to place the Hummingbird House from Shirley.
Shirley sent along this advice to help explain the best place to put the Hummingbird House.
“The best advice I can give folks is to really consider placement of the starter (Hummingbird House). The hummingbirds are very wary of wind and also predators. We placed [the House] underneath the eaves of our house / Patio. This also provides constant shade for the nest which is important here in the desert. Also, being close to the house keeps other bigger birds away from her nest.
“We also have a hummingbird feeder located within two to three feet of where we placed the hummingbird starter branch. So, she has ample food supply right near by. We also have an outdoor fan on the ready for when the late afternoon desert temps reach 100+, we angle it upwards and help cool off her area.
“We are so thrilled to be helping this little family on it’s way. She even used some of the starter nest material to build her little home!”
Thank you, Shirley, for the excellent advice and for sharing your pictures and video! Stay tuned—as soon as we get more pictures of the babies from Shirley, we’ll be sure to post them. In the meantime, shop Hummingbird Houses and nesting material at duncraft.com. Happy Birding!