Coming from a colder climate, I had never seen hummingbirds in real life – in Dutch they are called kolibries.
Now, living in Sonoma County, they are a regular sight in our yard. Besides hummingbird feeders, there are many flowers that attract humming birds and it takes some time for the birds to discover the feeders, but once they have, you can enjoy these beautiful birds. They are very territorial so it’s not unusual to have birds fighting over a feeder – quite entertaining. Besides entertaining, there are many benefits to have a hummingbird friendly garden. They pollinate flowers, love to feast on soft-bodied insects like aphids, gnats, mosquitos, caterpillars, and they love to devour insect eggs. Hummingbirds can help you to keep the insect population down quite dramatically as they devour dozens of pests from your garden each and every day.