This is one of my favorite first sights of spring; a little hummingbird family that has been visiting me for years comes back once again to visit for the summer months. They come back every spring and I never know when they will arrive. However, when they do arrive back, they always come up to my windows and peek in as to tell me “Hello, were here. . feed us!” These fascinating little birds are quite friendly and definitely one of my favorite summer time guests. Yesterday morning, they arrived back at my window and I quickly got to work making them something to eat after their long journey back.
Each summer I make sure to keep them fed and happy (this may be why they come back faithfully every year). I take care of them in quite a few ways. First, I planted several natural food sources for them and created a small hummingbird area in my yard which includes Rose of Sharon, wisteria, hibiscus, and columbine. These are all plants and shrubs which produce flowers that they like to drink from. Hummingbirds also need high places to nest and fresh water to drink.
I like to feed my hummingbirds as naturally as possible with plants and shrubs. However, while their natural food sources are still waking up from winter, I like to create a nectar like drink for them made of water and sugar and put it in my hanging feeder within their section of my yard. Once the natural sources are flowering, I discontinue use of the homemade nectar and let them feed naturally.
Easy Hummingbird Nectar
1 cup tap water
1/4 cup granulated pure cane sugar
Bring a pot of 1 cup tap water to a boil on the stove. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and dissolve. Allow the mixture to completely cool before adding it to your feeder. Unused portions may be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.
When feeding your hummingbirds NEVER:
– add food coloring to your water!
– use unrefined sugar or sugar substitutes.
– use honey, molasses or brown sugar.
These can be harmful to your hummingbird friends.
Do you have hummingbirds visit your home? You can easily create a hummingbird and butterfly garden together in your yard and enjoy these sweet little birds and the beautiful colors of the plants for years to come. Last year I wrote about attracting butterflies, you can read more about that here.