They have finally arrived! I am an avid birdwatcher and have a few families of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds nearby. They are so relaxing and amazing to watch and with a little patience, can be accustomed to being hand-fed. I will give you a few tips to successful Hummingbird Feeding that I have learned over many years of feeding them.
Favorite Tubular Flower of the Hummingbird is Fuschia
- Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, but not in their nectar. Make it a habit to buy red flowers in the spring, or buy some red perennials that bloom every year.
- One of the plants that attract the hummingbird is the Fuschia. As soon as it is warm enough outdoors, I buy a hanging Fuschia and place it next to my feeder.
- Tropical, tubular flowers also work and attract other birds as well.
- Don’t let the homemade nectar stay in the feeder more than 3 days (here in NJ). It may have to be changed daily in very warm climates.
- Try to find glass feeders. I have plastic and glass. Glass may be less prone to black mold.
- Before mold sets in on any feeder, use a solution of ½ gal. of very hot water in a bucket with 2 capfuls of bleach. Soak for 1 hour and rinse 2 times in hot water to remove all traces of residue. Some birders use dawn soap to get it ‘squeaky clean’. Use a cleaning agent that you are comfortable with, then let the feeder air or sun dry.
- Be prepared for buzzing very nearby. Hummingbirds often feed within a few feet of you when they get to know you. Enjoy these fine-feathered tiny friends.
Attracting these small birds is easy as sugar and water.
Gourmetmarichef recipes for our fine feathered friends
- ½ c. refined white sugar (please DO NOT use raw or natural sugar or honey as these sweeteners will be harmful to the hummingbirds.)
- 2 c. boiled water
- Bring a little over 2 cups of water to a boil (leave the water to boil for a few minutes to destroy any impurities.)
- Remove from heat, it should be 2 c. after evaporation from boiling.
- Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved, and allow to cool.
- Fill a clean feeder and save the rest in the refrigerator for about a week.