If you love hummingbirds, you probably already know these enchanting creatures add beauty and charm to the backyard. What you may not know is that a group of hummingbirds is actually called a charm, an apt name for these tiny beauties. You probably already hang feeders in your yard and garden to attract them, but did you know that the more feeders you hang the more hummingbirds you will attract?
Because hummingbirds are territorial by nature, it is not unusual to see an adult male set up residence near the feeder and aggressively drive other hummingbirds away when they try to feed. According to Bird Watcher’s Digest putting up multiple feeders makes it more difficult for one hummingbird to dominate all the feeders. Of course, chances are, another will soon decide that the new feeder belongs to him and spend his day chasing others away.
There are two schools of thought on how you should hang your hummingbird feeders. While some recommend placing multiple feeders hung out of sight from one another to quell the battles between dominant males, others chose to hang multiple feeders in the same vicinity so one male cannot guard them all. I personally prefer to do a little of both. I cluster several feeders in my flower beds and hang one or two in front of the windows on the opposite side of the house. This allows me to watch the hummingbirds from inside the home, as well as when I visit my garden. It also gives all hummingbirds ample opportunity to sneak a quick drink without worries about the resident hummingbird guard.
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I currently have at least seven hummingbirds in my backyard. Although I’m not sure exactly how many are required to qualify as a charm, I have decided to call them one anyway. May you find success in attracting a charm of hummingbirds of your own.