Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hummingbird Juice

Last summer we bought this really cute hummingbird feeder at one of our favorite nurseries.


Haven't even used it yet.  Geesh.  So when I came across it today while cleaning, I decided to give it a whirl.  We've seen a couple hummingbirds on our property.  So I know they must be around.  And once I get my little reading, wildflower, garden "nook" set up out by the side of the house, I think our yard will be a lot more attractive to them.  In the mean time...

I found a super simple recipe for hummingbird nectar here.  They also give a lot of good pointers and Dos and Don'ts on how to be a good hummingbird friend. :)

In a nutshell, you take 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, bring it to a boil in a pan...


...remove from heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.  Easy peasy!  Then I made a big sticky mess filled my feeder using a turkey baster...


...and hung it outside.  I really hope they - the hummingbirds - like it!  They're like these tiny little magical elusive creatures, aren't they?  Or is it just me?  I'll let you know how it goes!


Oh, yeah.  PS: A couple hours after I hung this - we had a crazy flash storm complete with massive winds and hail.  Really.  Hail.  But my feeder survived!  And we really needed a break from all this heat so it's ok.  Look at how weird and orangey yellow everything was after!


1 comment:

PoetessWug said...

What a cute Hummingbird feeder. I have been talking about hummingbirds on my blog for a couple of months now...if not more. :-)) I even got some actually footage of them coming to feed!! Hubby has named the 4 we get regularly. :-) We've been in a battle for the feeder for a little while now though because the ants are trying to take it over. They're even making the hummingbirds skiddish!..I found out that they really like red. One of the things I read about is to hang maybe a little red ribbon somewhere around the feeder and it'll draw them. But not to color the nectar with red dye. Apparently it's harmful to them...I'll keep watching to see if you get any pictures of yours. I love them!