06 July 2009

Hummingbird Nectar

We love our hummingbird feeder. We have two hummingbirds that come to the feeder, which hangs right outside our kitchen window. In this photo, you can see the green door that leads into our laundry room, so we have two vantage points from inside the house. There is also a chair in the corner of the front porch, almost under the feeder, and our hummingbirds have been known to come eat while Andrew and Finn are sitting right under it! We are still working on getting a great shot of them feeding - they come and go so quickly!

We make your own hummingbird nectar and replace what's left in the feeder every week or so. Just rinse the feeder with hot water. If it gets sticky, moldy, or dirty, you can wash it with white vinegar (don't use soap, as any residue may be harmful to the birds).

Hummingbird Nectar

4 parts water
1 part sugar

Whisk water and sugar together in a saucepan (I usually use 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar) and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and allow mixture to cool. Store any extra nectar in the refrigerator.

You can buy a feeder for $10-$15, make the food yourself, and in no time, you'll have hummingbirds flocking to your yard too!

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