Monday, June 16, 2008
Months ago, Mike & Susan (Landon's parents), got us a hummingbird feeder, and a pair of hummingbirds now frequent it daily. This is the female. There is a more colorful male that also drinks from the feeder.

Today, I noticed the female hummingbird hovering by our living room window, watching me with the kids in the living room. I wondered if she was trying to get my attention, and sure enough, she was. The feeder was empty. What an intelligent bird! They are also completely unafraid of us, and will drink from the feeder while we are sitting on our back patio.

Here's how you make your own solution: 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. Make sure in hot weather that you wash the feeder out every other day as the sun can ferment the solution because of contamination from the hummingbirds' beaks. You can add red food dye, but it's unnecessary, especially if you have a feeder like ours that is already red (the hummingbirds are attracted by the bright colors). If you don't have a brightly colored feeder, then red food coloring might help attract hummingbirds to your feeder. Funnels are helpful to add the sugar and water. I've been told if you forget to change the water and it ferments, the hummingbirds may not return. Oh, and watch out for ants--they love sugar water, too! Wikipedia has a great entry on hummingbirds if you are interested in reading more about these magnificent birds!


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures.

Jeremy said...

That's so amazing about the hummingbird! They are such beautiful birds and I look for them every summer when our honeysuckle blooms.

Thanks for the tip on the sugar water. It looks like a fun project for the kids too!

Claudia said...

How fun that you got pictures of them! And how nice that they are not afraid of you guys!

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