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Hummingbirds in Idaho

Hummingbirds in Idaho
During the months of April, May and June, many people will purchase hummingbird feeders and nectar to put up in the backyard in order to watch hummingbirds feed. Most of us will not know which species of the little birds are coming to the feeders. These tiny birds are quick and can come and go in what seems like a second. Trying to figure out what hummingbird we are looking at is hard. While there are about 320 species of hummingbirds’ world wide only about 18 are in the United States. In Idaho we have only six or seven species that come to the feeders. Some are hard to positively identify. 

Currently state wide the species of hummingbirds that are in Idaho are Anna’s, Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Rufus and the Black Chinned. What part of the state that you live in will determine which species of the little hummers you will have at the feeders. The most common for the Treasure Valley are the Calliope, Rufus and the Black Chinned. It is interesting to note that the first confirmed sighting of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird was in Mountain Home during September of 2004. Sometimes it is hard to properly identify exactly which hummingbird is coming to your garden. An immature Calliope will look very similar to an Anna’s Hummingbird.

To attract the largest numbers of hummingbirds to your feeder keep the nectar fresh and clean. Keep the feeder full and very clean. During the cooler temperature clean the feeders every other day. Once the heat of summer hits, clean and fill the feeder every day to keep the birds healthy and coming to your feeder. If you do not have a large numbers of hummingbirds attracted to you feeder, only fill the feeder half or a quarter of the way full.

Having flower planted to also attract hummingbirds to your yard will help increase the number of bird to watch. Flowers like salvia and penstamens are a nature lure for these birds. Trumpet vines will bring these birds to the landscape also.

Having a good bird book will greatly help in identifying the different species of hummingbirds that frequent your feeders. One good book to have is BIRDS of the INLAND NOTHWEST and NORTHERN ROCKES. This book has most of the species of wild birds seen in our area including four of the most common hummers that are seen in the Treasure Valley. This book is available at all of the Zamzows stores along with a wide assortment of feeders and nectar for the enjoyment of hummingbirds.

written by Mike Stanton
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By dandevarona on 6/25/2009 |
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By Teresa 'treefree' Freeman @ 10/3/2011 5:56 PM
I was wanting to make my yard a more habitable place for Humming Birds, but I am worried that trying to attract them might not be such a good or safe idea. I also take care of a bunch of ferrel cats and I'm worried.that the two would not get along at the expense of the Humming Birds. What do you think?
Teresa Freeman
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