Yesterday I put up my hummingbird feeder for the summer.
I usually have several hummingbirds come and visit my garden during the hot summer months, and I just love them! It seems they always come whizzing overhead when I'm crouched down in the dirt weeding. Often I hear their speedy little wings before I see them. The first time that happened I thought it was a far-off neighbor cranking out his weed whip!
The first season I had hummer-feeders I bought the nectar in the store. Silly me.
There are several variations on making your own, but here is the traditional one I use. It's so easy, I almost feel embarrassed to post it. :)
How to Make Homemade Hummingbird Nectar
This recipe makes one cup of nectar. You can increase the amounts if you need a larger portion.
1. Measure out 1/4 cup of plain white sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
IMPORTANT: Do not use honey, molasses or sugar substitutes. These are not safe for the birds.
2. Add one cup water. (If you are increasing the recipe, you want 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.)
3. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until boiling. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Let the mixture cool completely before filling your feeder.
5. Enjoy watching the hummers sip the glorious nectar in your garden!
I do not promise results like the above photo, but wouldn't that be amazing? *Disclaimer* This is not me! I found this photo while googling hummingbird images. :)
Do you have hummingbirds in your garden? What are they attracted to the most?