Hummingbird nectar

They have finally arrived! I am an avid birdwatcher and have a few families of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds nearby. They are so relaxing and amazing to watch and with a little patience, can be accustomed to being hand-fed.  I will give you a few tips to successful Hummingbird Feeding that I have learned over many years of feeding them.

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Favorite Tubular Flower of the Hummingbird is Fuschia

Red Tropical flowers attract Hummingbirds

  1. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, but not in their nectar. Make it a habit to buy red flowers in the spring, or buy some red perennials that bloom every year.
  2. One of the plants that attract the hummingbird is the Fuschia. As soon as it is warm enough outdoors, I buy a hanging Fuschia and place it next to my feeder.
  3. Tropical, tubular flowers also work and attract other birds as well.
  4. Don’t let the homemade nectar stay in the feeder more than 3 days (here in NJ). It may have to be changed daily in very warm climates.
  5. Try to find glass feeders. I have plastic and glass. Glass may be less prone to black mold.
  6. Before mold sets in on any feeder, use a solution of ½ gal. of very hot water in a bucket with 2 capfuls of bleach. Soak for 1 hour and rinse 2 times in hot water to remove all traces of residue. Some birders use dawn soap to get it ‘squeaky clean’. Use a cleaning agent that you are comfortable with, then let the feeder air or sun dry.
  7. Be prepared for buzzing very nearby. Hummingbirds often feed within a few feet of you when they get to know you. Enjoy these fine-feathered tiny friends.

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Hummingbird Nectar

Attracting these small birds is easy as sugar and water.

 

Gourmetmarichef recipes for our fine feathered friends

Ingredients

  • ½ c. refined white sugar  (please DO NOT use raw or natural sugar or honey as these sweeteners will be harmful to the hummingbirds.)
  • 2 c. boiled water

Directions

  1. Bring a little over 2 cups of water to a boil (leave the water to boil for a few minutes to destroy any impurities.)
  2. Remove from heat, it should be 2 c. after evaporation from boiling.
  3. Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved, and allow to cool.
  4. Fill a clean feeder and save the rest in the refrigerator for about a week.

 

 

 

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