Enjoying birds in your yard is easy, and attracting them to the garden is simple and takes little time. A person should commit themselves to keeping feeders full once they start, birds depend on them.
You could start by attracting nectar loving birds, hummingbirds and orioles. Purchase an oriole feeder if you can only fit one feeder in your budget. Hummingbirds use them too. An oriole feeder should come with bee guards, due to the larger beaks of orioles, the opening is larger where the bird gets nectar. It is best to buy an ant guard to hang the feeder from and putting water in the guard discourages ants from crawling in the nectar feeders.
You don’t have to spend a small fortune purchasing hummingbird or oriole food. What you’re buying is simply sugar with food coloring. Making it yourself with sugar is an easier way. One part sugar to four parts water. (You can make a large amount and store it in the refrigerator, if you prefer.) First place the sugar in the feeder, then add one part hot water to dissolve the sugar, swirl until the sugar is dissolved than add the rest of the water and swirl again. Feeders should be hung in the shade. A tree is best, because there will be so many hummingbirds waiting to get to the feeder, it will look like LAX. The birds need a place to perch while waiting their turn at the feeder. Hummers are very territorial and will try to run other hummers away. Patience and they learn to take turns. Another feeder can be placed somewhere else on the property as far away as possible. Sometimes you will see the female bring her youngsters down to the feeder, it may appear as many hummers using the feeder at once. It does happen sometimes, where you may have the feeders full of customers, probably when there are migrations of some species of hummers.
Usually towards evening the hummers will look for insects more than nectar. The protein helps them make it through the night. They will search favorite flowers for both nectar and insects and try and find small spiders on the eves.
About March or April you will hear the first chatter of the oriole announcing his return. If you have been using an oriole feeder for the hummers, you will be ready for the orioles return. You can find a large supply of oriole products at Wildbirdsforever.com. Its not necessary but certainly appreciated by the orioles. Planting banana trees, or palms with large leaves will encourage the orioles to build nests in your yard, you’ll see them much more frequently. Your orioles will return to your yard the following year.
Lastly running water attracts birds and there is nothing quite like seeing a hummer shower in your fountain. Then you have provided food, shelter, water and a place to nest. This can all be accomplished in almost no time at all.