Summer Has Flown By…
A couple of weekends ago, the weather was soo nice that I tried to spend every second I could outdoors. We camped for three nights in a row and when we got home, we continued to sit out on our deck to enjoy the shade and soft breeze.
While I was outside, I noticed that a hummingbird buzzed over to my empty hummingbird feeder. How could I tease it so?! Not only did I disregard my garden this year but, I completely neglected my bird feeders…
My mom and grandma were both bird watchers: Blue birds (not Blue Jays – there is a difference), Martins, Woodpeckers [Red-Headed, Red-Bellied, Pileated], Finches, and Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds were my mom’s favorite… We always had a bright red hummingbird feeder hanging on our deck. It was so fun to watch (and hear) them buzz over to the red feeder and stick their long beak into the fake flowers.
I actually had the opportunity to hold a hummingbird when I was in high school. For some reason, they were attracted to the red pull string attached to the garage door opener in our barn. Sometimes, if the barn door was left open, one would fly in to the red string, realize it wasn’t food, and instead of turning around to go back out the door, they’d go up to the peak of the barn. Once they got up there, they wouldn’t come back down… Eventually, we fashioned a net on a pole to catch them to take them back outside. One time, the little guy was soo tired from buzzing around the peak of the barn that, when we caught him in the net, I was able to carry him to the hummingbird feeder on our deck. I literally set him on the tiny pegs of the feeder and got to watch him catch his breath and slurp up some much-needed sugar-water before flying away. He wasn’t any bigger than my thumb… It was incredible!
So, when I saw that little hummingbird checking out my empty feeder, I decided to whip up a quick batch of sugar-water to nourish the remaining hummingbirds as they begin to travel South. Don’t buy that red stuff in the stores, it’s full of fake ingredients and may cause more harm than good. I bet you’ve already got everything on hand to make this!
- 4 c. Water
- 1 c. Sugar
- In a 4 cup microwaveable measuring cup, microwave water until boiling (approximately 6 minutes).
- Pour sugar into boiling water. [See notes.] I used Turbinado Sugar so, the liquid is not clear.
- Stir to dissolve sugar in water.
- Let cool. Pour into hummingbird feeder.
- Refrigerate extra nectar.
- Enjoy watching the hummingbirds flock to your feeder!
- Be careful when you dump the sugar into the boiling water, it tends to bubble up a little!