How to make Hummingbird Nectar

How to make Hummingbird Nectar

Because of the fruit trees I grow-mainly the cherries-I don’t encourage birds to come on my property. A flock of Blue Jays can wipe out a tree full of cherries in a hurry.
I make an exception for the Hummingbirds. What an amazing little creature. How such a small bird can consume so much food or nectar is beyond me.
Last fall we took the Hummingbird feeder down for the winter. To my amazement this spring they came back looking for it.
Hummingbird feeders are inexpensive and you can make the Hummingbird food yourself very inexpensively.
The Hummingbird nectar you buy in the store is colored red. It is not necessary to add the food coloring. I have used the homemade and store bought -they both work equally as well.
Set your feeder up where you can enjoy watching them. They are not shy. I have found myself more than once ducking to get out of the way of an incoming Hummingbird.

Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar

½ cup white sugar
2 cups of water

Mix the water and sugar. Heat the mixture to the boiling point to dissolve the sugar.
Let it cool and it is ready to use.
( I make this as I need it to refill the feeder. But if you don’t have the time you can make extra and refrigerate it.)

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