Mariton: Hummingbird Feeders

April 22, 2011

Don’t forget to put out your Hummingbird Feeders.  With the number of migrating birds that I am seeing, Hummingbirds will be in the mix.  I make my own “nectar” mix using 1/4 cup of sugar for every cup of water.  (You don’t want to use confectioner’s sugar, honey, maple syrup, or dyes.)  I just mix the sugar into very hot water.  I usually mix up a half gallon batch, and store it in the refrigerator.  That way if they begin feeding heavily, I have a supply to refill feeders.

Hummingbirds feed on more than just nectar from flowers and feeders.  They need protein like any other animal. I have watched hummingbirds perched on our clothes line as they fly out and catch insects on the wing, similar to a Phoebe or an Eastern Peewee.

I love this photo by Carole Mebus of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched on a branch.

Mebus R-t Hummigbird