It is so amazing to watch a hummingbird! You can easily get them to come close to your house by providing a feeder for them. Hummingbirds are also great additions to your garden and can often be seen playing in the mist from a sprinkler.
Created by PBS, this infographic poster all about the hummingbird is simply amazing!
The two most important things are that you Must keep fresh “nectar” in the feeder and you must keep the feeder clean.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
The simplest way to make “nectar” is to use a 1:4 ration. 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water. Boil the water then stir in the sugar. When your nectar is cool you can fill the feeder and store the rest in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Don’t use any type of sugar substitute or premix for the birds. Honey and red food coloring can actually be unhealthy for them. Just have some red on your feeder to attract the hummingbird’s attention.
Do You Need a Red Feeder to Attract Hummingbirds?
If your feeder doesn’t have red on it – or the red isn’t bright anymore you can tie some red ribbon on the feeder or have some red flowers close by. They don’t even need any perches on their feeders. They are fly through eaters.
How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder
It’s good to check the feeder every day and just keep an eye out for mold, ants, bad odors or colors. Hanging it out of direct sunlight will help the nectar stay good longer. Plan to wash it about every 2 – 3 days. It’s good to use a vinegar solution as the cleaner, and a bottle brush can be quite helpful. If some mold did start to grow you can soak it in a mixture of 10% bleach to 90% water for an hour. Make sure you rinse the feeder very well and let it dry before adding the fresh nectar and hanging it out for the birds.
Then hang out the feast and get your camera ready for the guests to arrive. And perhaps if you need hep identifying hummingbirds you’ll find this article and hummingbird identification poster helpful!
Want to Attract Other Birds?
These little projects are perfect for you and the kids!
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