Jun 28, 2017 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, June 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Hummingbird Houses

A female hummingbird returns to the nest to attend her young. Photo by Jennifer Kightlinger.

Dear Birdsquatch:

A dear friend of mine recently gave me a hummingbird house as a gift. Where should I place it to make sure the hummingbirds use it?

—Grace O., Sedona, Arizona

Dear Grace,

The best place for your hummingbird house is as a decoration on the wall of your living room. Hummingbirds don't use houses for nesting as cavity nesters do. They build tiny, cup-shape nests from spider silk, animal fur, plant fibers, moss, and lichens, usually in the fork of a tree branch below overhanging leaves. Your part of the country (the desert Southwest) is rich in diversity of hummingbird species. The best way to enjoy them and provide for them is to maintain gardens with native, nectar-producing plants, plus hummingbird feeders, and perhaps a water mister for bathing. You'll get more use out of the hummingbird house than any hummer would.

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