Who can resist the magic of hummingbirds? They buzz around so quickly, their tiny wings nothing but a fluttering blur. Their diminutive size is almost unbelievable.
I plant flowers that they enjoy, but I also like to keep feeders around my house. I am delighted by the hummingbirds distinctive "whirr" and the flash of color as they zip by.
Stores carry packets of hummingbird nectar to fill the feeders, but I prefer to make my own. It's so simple, and cost-effective. To make hummingbird nectar, simply boil sugar in water in a 1:4 ratio (1 cup sugar in 4 cups water, for example) for 2 minutes. Let cool, then fill your feeder.
It might take a day or two for the birds to discover a new feeder, but don't worry, before you know it, you'll be having to boil sugar water every few days!
Do you have bird feeders? What kind of birds do you see?
(This house in a nearby neighborhood clearly is attracting something bigger than hummingbirds! I couldn't resist snapping a photo when I noticed this nest the other day.)
Thanks for our feathered friends.