You have to admit. Hummingbirds are more than cute. They’re extraordinary! It is easy to become mesmerized by those majestic little creatures as they buzz into our yards with their resplendent feathers, astounding speed, stupendous maneuvers, and finesse feeding skills.
Because the hummingbird burns some serious calories with their up-to-80-times-per-second fluttering wings, and their soaring 1,260-beats-in-60-seconds heart rate, high body temperatures and heavy breathing, they must eat a lot… and very often.
Several species of hummingbirds grace North America with their presence every summer―and if you want the only bird that can fly backward or hover-in-place from their figure-eight-motion wing-flapping―you’ll need a sweet nectar that draws them into your yard.
To provide those sweet-tooth, sucrose-craving birds with enough nutrients to flourish, you only need a few simple ingredients. Since Hummingbirds feed mainly on nectar, it’s an easy product to recreate with a homemade nature-like cocktail.
Here’s how to make that hummingbird crack!
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
- In a pot, add four parts water to one part refined white sugar.
- On low, heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, approximately 2 minutes.
- Let the liquid cool completely before pouring that sweet juice into the feeders as to not damage the container or the hummingbird.
What To Keep In Mind When Making Hummingbird Food:
- Only use plain white table sugar when making your nectar. The dangers of alternative sweeteners like honey, molasses, raw sugars and brown sugar are that they contain levels of iron, cause mold to grow faster, or can quickly ferment which is deadly for a hummingbird to consume.
- Shy away from red dye as they too can contain chemicals that are harmful to hummingbirds, and since it adds nothing but a visual effect, it’s not necessary. The birds will feed no matter the color.
- Feeders usually need to be cleaned weekly. However, during the warmer months, every 3 to 5 days is better to avoid mold. Rinse feeders well and never leave any soapy residue behind or it could contaminate the juice and harm the birds.
Take pleasure in your new hummingbird activity as they buzz by to feast on that yummy nectar.