Our Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds arrived on March 28 at 11:15 AM CDT. Upon first arrival we saw only males, but now we're seeing females as well. Males have a red throat and females don't.
To attract hummingbirds, I've planted old fashion coral honeysuckle, salvia, & fire bushes. I’ve added an elephant ear plant to provide a place for bathing. Hummingbirds take bathes in damp curved leaves of plants. Other hummingbird attracters are zinnias, trumpet vines, cosmos, bee balm, esperanza, Turk’s cap, sophora.
If you would like to attract hummingbirds: Nectar Recipe: 1 part table sugar to 4 parts water. For example: Bring one cup of water to a boil and then add 1/4 cup of sugar. Boil for a couple of minutes more and stir to dissolve. Cool nectar and fill your feeders. When refreshing feeders wash them good with a bottle brush and dish soap. Rinse well before adding nectar. Often times, we make extra nectar to store in the refrigerator for refilling the next time. Never use red dye.
We see Gold Finches, Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, Painted Buntings, Blue Jays, Bald Eagles (occasionally) from our yard. We feed the song birds black oiled sunflower seeds.