Our Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds arrived on March 28. At first, we saw only males, but soon the females followed. 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.
To attract hummingbirds hang feeders with this recipe: 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.