One of the things we love about spring and summer is the arrival of the ruby-throated or black-chinned hummingbirds. We have been waiting for a long time to catch a glimpse of this favorite bird. Hummingbirds are graceful, petite and they have bright colors. Watching them in our garden is one of the most memorable spring experiences.
Hummingbirds fly from flower to flower looking for nectar. When you add a hummingbird feeder with their food close to your window, you can get a close view of them. Hummingbirds have become very popular attractions, and they are mostly found in our gardens or backyards. They represent a form of social interactions that are mostly thought-provoking to garden naturalists and birders. Seeing them in our garden as they soar, hover for a while before flying away is really fascinating. Their shimmering brilliant colors flashing around the backyard is an amazing thing to see.
The best way to attract these charming creatures is to put up some hummingbird feeders. You can buy nectar to put in the feeders or you can make your own homemade hummingbird food. Heavy flower blooms and sprinklers can help attract the hummingbirds to your garden or backyard. They love flower blossoms fitted to their shape. When you plant flowers like torch lilies, Aquilegia, daylilies or columbines, you are definitely building a hummingbird-friendly garden.
When they see a group of well-attended feeders in a garden, they get an endless source of delight. If you are thinking of making your own homemade hummingbird food recipe, here is the recipe for the best hummingbird nectar.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
Ingredients: Sugar and water
- Mix 1 part cane sugar with 4 parts water. You can also use beet sugar but do not use brown sugar, honey or turbinado. You can use tap water but spring water is preferred.
- Stir well until the sugar has dissolved
- Boil the water mixture for about 2 minutes to kill any bacteria present in it
- You should let the water cool; you can store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
- Fill the clean feeder with the water.
- Do not add artificial sweetener or food coloring such as red dye.
Make sure that the nectar is changed every 3 days, and maybe between 2 days during summer.
The hummingbird food recipe is a sugar water mixture and may quickly ferment causing bacteria and mold. You will discover that the nectar is turning cloudy when it starts fermenting. Always try to keep the nectar fresh or else the hummingbirds may go somewhere else. If you can’t see any hummingbird between two days when you have nectar in their feeder, you should probably check maybe the nectar has spoiled. Always clean the feeders before you refill them. Never top up the leftovers.
Take note that bees may also be attracted to the hummingbird food, if such happen, you can reduce the sugar level by mixing 1 cup with 5 cups of water.
We hope the nectars in your feeders will attract the hummingbirds to your garden and they will enjoy this appetizing treat.