Hummingbird Love

June 25, 2010

I just love hummingbirds.  Here in Northern California we have several species of non-migratory hummingbirds.   The ones I see most often are Anna’s Hummingbirds.  While I have a lot of blooming flowers in my garden, I always like to have a full hummingbird feeder.   They’re a lot of fun to watch.  (But hard to photograph…I’m cheating with this great photo from the internet.)

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Anna’s Hummingbird: photo © Tony Marple

I was in line at Wal-Mart yesterday.  I always checkout in the garden section since the lines are always so much shorter.  I was in line behind a woman who was buying hummingbird food.  Now, why would anyone buy hummingbird nectar when it’s so easy to make yourself???

Here’s an easy recipe to keep your local hummingbirds happy:

Hummingbird Nectar
In a saucepan, add one part white sugar to four parts water.  Bring to a boil and then cool before filling your feeder. 

DSC_0004Make sure your feeder is clean and mold free.  Hummers don’t like soap, so just use a brush and some bleach water to periodically clean out your feeder. 

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15 comments:

  1. Lovely post, I love hummingbirds, never got to see one in real life yet.. I'm on the other side of the planet - England! We do get plenty of wildlife in our yard, none as spectacular as hummingbirds though! We do see hummingbird hawk-moths here sometimes, they are pretty cool..

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  2. We are big bird feeders in our household. My morning routine includes putting grape jelly in the Oriole feeder and throwing peanuts out for the Blue Jays and Cardinals. We have quite the bird-life going on around here.
    We had a hummingbird feeder once and saw an occasional hummingbird but we haven't had that feeder up for awhile. They are fun birds to watch.
    Jane

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  3. I have been trying to attract hummingbirds to our yard. I have a feeder but they don't seem to drink it. I have been using a mix I bought in the store so I might try your recipe to see if it works. Thanks,

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  4. I am living in urban residential area... therefore visits by birds are rare indeed. But I can hear melodic chirps from birds early in the morning.... hummingbirds are lovely indeed!
    ~bangchik

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  5. We were sitting out on the porch one day and we have a hummingbird feeder hanging close by. A hummingbird came flyng in and got tangled up in my hair! It took two people to get it out!

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  6. I love hummingbirds too but I am having a hard time getting mine to stick around this year. So, guess what? I bought hummingbird food at Walmart! LOL I think that was me you were standing behind! LOL I normally make my own but I thought maybe if I bought the premix they might like it better and stay awhile. I am thinking that it is just too hot for them this year and they flew further north. I have gotten some great hummingbird photos in the past. I need to try and get some of the couple that have stuck around this year.

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    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  8. Hi! Nice to meet you. I found you through New Friend Friday. Great blog and excellent post! A total bird enthusiast, I love humming birds too! Here in southwest AZ there are a wonderful number of varieties. I could watch birds all day!

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  10. I just discovered you through Tatertots and Jello. I have thoght the same thing regarding purchased hummingbird food. We have lots every year and I refill 2 feeders every other day. They are so much fun to watch!

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  11. We love our hummingbirds! I posted a pic of a pair at one of our feeders this morning. We also make our own food and the hummers love it. When they are all whirling and buzzing around they sound like The Jetson's flying rocket cars.

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  12. I love feeding and watching the hummingbirds and I always make my own food. They are such pretty and fast little birds. I always want to get a picture of them, but they are just toooo fast for me Ü

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  13. I love hummingbirds too. We have the ruby throated (Georgia) kind. I too buy my nectar and really had never thought about making it myself. Thanks for the recipe.

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  14. How fortunate you are to have non-migrational hummingbirds...I think they are such cool birds...but we don't see them too much here.

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  15. I am thinking about giving out humming bird feeders as a take home present from my daughters birthday party. I will enclose a note about making this nectar. THANKS!

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