Keep Your Yard Safe From Hummingbird Predators

Can Cats Catch Hummingbirds? The association recommends suspending sugar-water feeders at least 5 feet above the ground and away from fences to deter this non-native predator.   

Show a stalking cat. Plant lavender, lemon thyme, and rosemary to discourage cats from your hummingbird flower garden. Plant neighboring thorn bushes.   

Hummingbirds can securely sit in them, and you can scatter their trimmings in the garden bed.  

Hummingbird feeder predators Sugar-water feeders attract snakes and praying mantises that eat hummingbirds.   

Sandy Lockerman, a nationally licensed bird bander who has banded an estimated 4,000 hummingbirds in 12 years, says a praying mantis will hang on the feeder, catch a hummingbird with its pincers, and drink its juice.  

Predators on Hummingbird Nests Snakes, lizards, blue jays, crows, ravens, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons love hummingbird eggs and chicks.   

You can't supervise hummingbird nests in trees, but you can provide safer options like spiky plants, cactus, clotheslines, garden lights, and sculptures.  

Design a Hummingbird-Safe Garden Hummingbirds may access blooms from both sides of long, narrow gardens while avoiding predators.  

Hummingbirds are protected from ground predators by trellis-trained vertical vines and nectar baskets. Near the garden, thorny plants give safety.  

Hummingbirds line their nests with lamb's ear, decorative grass plumes, and clematis and milkweed seed heads. They also bind and anchor nests with spider silk. Try to carefully remove hummingbirds stuck in webs in your yard during breeding season.  

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