Hummingbird FeedersJanuary 22, 2015
Feeding Hummingbirds in the summer is fun. They seems to go a million miles an hour, fighting among themselves and can drain a feeder in a day. The hummingbird’s long, thin beak is used for inserting into the center of flowers to draw out the nectar. Nectar that is part water and part sugar – the hummingbird’s source of energy and what fuels their daily life.
The Rufus Hummingbird, a common bird here can beat up to 58 wing beats per second. that’s faster than we can see. These little titans of the bird world needs a lot of fuel every day.
There are several types of Hummingbird Feeders including multi-bird feeders like the one above, cylinder shaped, flower shaped and more. We like the wide jar mouth type for easy filling and cleaning.
Fill your feeder with 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. I mix 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water which will fill my large hummingbird feeder. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir to dissolve and let cool. I personally boil 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water and add 2 cups of cold afterwards to speed up the cooling. This sugar mixture will go bad if your feeder is hung in the sun so see if you can hang it in the shade and still have a great view of it from your home.
Feed Store, Wild Bird.