I've been watching all sorts of birds show up in my yard and as I was sitting on my deck the other night I wondered when the super small hummingbirds would be back in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.  At that exact moment, a hummingbird flew right up to our empty hummingbird feeder.  Oops.

Now that I know the hummingbirds are back, I want to see a bunch this summer.  I did a little research and found these 10 tips to attract hummingbirds.  Thought I would share just in case you'd love to have these magnificent birds visit you at your home too.

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10 Tips To Attract Hummingbirds to Yards in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin

I thought that having red bird feeders was the key to having hummingbirds notice your yard but apparently, there are a bunch of tips and tricks to this hummingbird game.  Below are 10 tips that I've been working on implementing at my house:

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1) Buy red flowers for your hanging baskets, outdoor planters, and flower gardens.  Hummingbirds love the color red!

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2) Hang a hummingbird feeder up outside.

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3)  Change the nectar for the hummingbird feeder often.

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4) If you make your own nectar (which is really easy!), do NOT use red food dye or coloring.  (Here's the recipe if you'd like to make your own - boil 4 cups of water, pour in 1 cup of sugar, mix, let cool, and pour into the hummingbird feeder.)

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5) Keep your hummingbird feeder clean.  Ants and other bugs will probably try to enjoy the food too so clean it out every once in a while so it is fresh for the birds.

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6). Tie red ribbons in nearby trees and bushes.  Ok, the photo is a bit excessive...a few ribbons will work.

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7) Plant trees and bushes for the birds to use as perches.  If you watch the hummingbirds, they will sit near the feeder and will usually come back and forth from a nearby spot.

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8) Hang multiple feeders.  The birds establish territories so having feeders with some distance between them is also important.

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9) Have a water source nearby.  This could be a bird bath or even another bird feeder with water.

10) In addition to a nectar feeder, also supply a protein feeder for the hummingbirds.  This is a new thing for me and something I haven't tried yet.  The birds need protein though and one of the easiest ways is to use a feeder that can hold a banana,  As the banana ripens, fruit flies will appear and that is an excellent source of protein for the hummingbirds.

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