Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hummingbirds In Our Backyard

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Anna's Hummingbirds arrived in May when there weren't enough flowers. Then came Black-Chinned and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, and now the Rufous-Tailed Hummingbirds have arrived. We make Hummingbird Nectar to supplement their insect and flower nectar diet.  It's easy to make at home. Dissolve 1 cup of white sugar with 4 cups of water.  Bring mixture to a boil, let cool, put in clean hummingbird feeders (clean well each time you fill feeders, add a tablespoon of bleach to dishwater to sterilize,  rinse well).  Change the solution weekly, if not more frequently, especially in hot weather.  No honey!  No food coloring!

2 comments:

  1. Very cool little birds aren't they. They are quite tough too and fight for their territory even against bigger birds.
    Glad they come back each year.

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  2. No hummers here this year. We only have the ruby throated variety.

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