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Feed The Birds June 4, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Happiness, Home & Garden.

Unlike most bird feeders that can be filled with seeds, hummingbird feeders are specially made for a hummingbird’s diet.  They contain a mock nectar solution that can easily be made at home.

Here’s the recipe:

  • Fill a 1-cup measuring cup to 200 milliliters with water.
  • Heat the cup in the microwave for 90 seconds.
  • Add sugar to the heated water until the contents of the measuring cup hit 250 milliliters.
  • Stir the cup’s contents until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Let the solution fully cool.
  • Pour the sugary drink into the hummingbird feeder.

It’s really that simple.

Other recipes may call for honey or red food dye, but Bell, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Microbial Ecology Lab and an avid bird watcher, strongly recommends against these additions, as they could cause health issues for the tiny birds.

Aah . . . that’s simple syrup!

To read more:  Feeders Help Hungry Hummingbirds (Shorelines)


1. Jill Weatherholt - June 4, 2019

Derek has perfected his recipe…our hummies love it. I was sad to see James lose last night. Emma better not be a one win wonder!

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

I thought of you while posting this ~ how many hummers are humming about your yard this year?

I am sad to see James leave without breaking Ken Jennings’ record. So close! You’ve got a point about Emma. Let’s hope she is a “contender!”

L. Marie - June 5, 2019

When I saw this post, I immediately thought of you, Jill!

Jill Weatherholt - June 5, 2019

That makes me happy. When I got home from work today, I saw a male and female hummie doing the most beautiful courtship dance next to the feeder…talk about a stress reliever. 🙂

nrhatch - June 5, 2019

Dancing hummingbirds ~> AWESOME!

2. Rivergirl - June 4, 2019

It always amazes me when I see multiple birds at a feeder. We have veritable hummer wars with territorial birds.

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

The same thing happens in Florida when too many “snowbirds” are competing at an All You Can Eat buffet. 😛

Rivergirl - June 4, 2019

National Geographic should send a team in to film that!

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

Haha! I should film the feeding frenzy and share the laughs!

3. Jill Weatherholt - June 4, 2019

The action was slow to start, but it’s picking up a bit. We still haven’t put out a second feeder yet. If Emma loses tonight, I’ll be furious! 🙂

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

Me too, Jill! I will have a few “choice words” for her if she doesn’t win at least 3 times.

4. Tippy Gnu - June 4, 2019

My wife uses a recipe similar to that, for our hummingbird feeder. The dye doesn’t seem necessary, and she stopped using it. It’s only real value is to help tell from a distance how much syrup is left. Our hummingbirds get into sword fights over the feeder. They’re fun to watch.

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

En guarde!
Step away from ze feeder or I’ll run through you with my sword!

You can’t catch me . . . I’m the Gingerbread Throated Hummer!

Tippy Gnu - June 4, 2019

Just watch out for the Needle-Nosed Eye Poker. They’re the most dangerous of all hummers.

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

I bet! The ruby-throated hummers are quaking and shaking all the way down to their toesies!

5. anotherday2paradise - June 4, 2019

Sweet! 😃

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

So much fun to watch. The video is charming.

6. L. Marie - June 5, 2019

I need to put out a feeder. Some friends have a feeder. It’s so lovely to see the hummingbirds come from out of nowhere!

nrhatch - June 5, 2019

We’re not allowed to put out feeders because our neighborhood is a bird sanctuary. That seems counter-intuitive, but most birds do find plenty to eat here and there are lots of colorful flowers with nectar for the hummingbirds.

BUT . . . I miss having a hummingbird feeder on the deck. Should I be sneaky and try to fly under the HOA’s radar??? 😛

7. Val Boyko - June 5, 2019

They certainly enjoy it around here! Thanks Nancy 😎

nrhatch - June 5, 2019

I like Simple Syrup too ~> in my Mint Julep! 😉

8. Sam D.C.C. - June 6, 2019

I was just reading about the danger to hummingbirds with improper solutions the other day! So this is great!

nrhatch - June 6, 2019

Here’s to our fine feathered friends!

Sam D.C.C. - June 6, 2019


9. Debra - June 7, 2019

I make my nectar on the stove, but this is helpful, Nancy! I’m more than happy to use the microwave. I have so many hummingbirds to feed this becomes a chore, quite frankly. LOL!

nrhatch - June 7, 2019

They have voracious appetites and hardy metabolisms for such wee beasties!

10. Behind the Story - June 7, 2019

This past week I was staying with my daughter’s in-laws. As Roz was preparing the mock nectar for her hummingbird feeder, she remarked that hummingbirds also need protein, which they get from the insects they eat. That was news to me.

nrhatch - June 8, 2019

The hummingbird feeder we had in MD often attracted sugar ants ~ wonder if sugar ants are an attractive source of protein for hummers?

Still no luck commenting on your blog, Nicki. Just know I’ll still enjoy your posts . . . in “Read Only” mode. 😀

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