Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hummingbird don’t fly away

Hummingbird in colored pencil

It’s time!  The hummingbirds are back and it’s time to fill all the feeders.  I love watching these tiny little helicopters as they flit and fly around the yard.  Don’t buy the pre-made solutions, though. Honestly, the hummers don’t like that store bought stuff. It’s easy and  cheaper to make nectar right in your own kitchen

Hummingbird nectar:

In a small pot boil 4 parts water to 1 part cane sugar

(This equates to 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar, but until I get a large amount of hummers,  I usually just mix up 2 cups of water with ½ cup of sugar)

Let cool and fill the feeders.

Store any unused nectar in the refrigerator

There is no need to add any food coloring.  The hummers don’t care if it’s clear or colored.  Don’t use honey and clean and refill your feeders weekly.  


laurie said...

what a beauty, it seems forever since I made this recipe, you captured the bird so well, the eye is beautiful.
I have had to start a new blog, I hope you will find me, I called it when the bough broke,

craftattack said...

How great to have humming birds. We don't have them over here, but I have one hyper-active tit just now who it trying to fly like one, so funny! Valerie

Daniella said...

I never thought about them liking the store kind! But, I also get very few hummingbirds!!
Thanks for the info! And your shading on the hummingbird piece makes it look alive!

Christine said...

oh is that all it takes to make nectar? Wonderful tip, and beautiful hummingbird!

Wanda said...

I love our hummers. I've been making the nectar for years, and my recipe is almost identical to yours.

I had such a sweet experience the other day. My cousin brought over a vacated humming bird nest. OH's so so tiny, and built so so soft. I just love it. I've always liked bird nests, and am amazed at the work that goes into them.

Rita said...

Nice job on the hummingbird! :)

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Great hummingbird! We don't feed them here (have lots of flowers) Being surrounded by woods are bug population is already overwhelming without adding ants to the mix.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I've only seen a few hummingbirds that actually looked like large striped bumblebees. Maybe I should get a feeder to attract more.

Judy Adamson said...

Just like Craft Attack, I saw a house sparrow trying to hover like a humming bird over my kitchen window boxes earlier this week! Quite an exciting event!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Great information Crystal, thank you ;o)

maddyrose said...

Love the colored pencil drawing. I haven't seen any humming birds here yet but will whip up a batch of nectar for the feeder as soon as they do arrive. Have a great week. Hugs

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