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Maintaining a hummingbird feeder is easier and less expensive than maintaining a typical feeder for seed-eating birds. Once you've made the initial investment in a quality hummingbird feeder, all you have to do is learn how to make hummingbird food.

Lively, jewel-colored hummingbirds naturally fascinate and delight us. Luckily, it's easy to attract these tiny birds to your garden with a simple hummingbird feeder.

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1. What Kind of Hummingbirds Live in My Region?

Before you can start attracting hummingbirds to your garden, you need to find out when hummingbirds migrate to your area.

In the United States, most hummingbirds arrive in the spring migration to breed. Ruby-throated hummingbirds will spend the summer on the east coast and in the mid-Atlantic states, while black-chinned hummingbirds summer in western states. Roufus hummingbirds can be seen during the summer months in the Pacific Northwest. Broad-tailed hummingbirds are occasionally spotted in the Great Plains states, as well as the Rocky Mountains.

Some regions of the United States enjoy hummingbirds year-round. Anna's hummingbirds are permanent residents along the Pacific coast, while Allen's and Costa's hummingbirds live year-round in southern California.

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