Our old hummingbird feeder was looking pretty sad and has been void of food for a good 5 months now – despite this, the hummingbirds still came to check, and always left with a frown and an empty belly…Well, all of that has changed!
Armed with the mother of all hummingbird feeders (thank you father-in-law!), we will now be able to feed birds from miles around! Come one come all!
Here is a great activity you can do with the kids – they love helping, ‘cooking’ the nectar, adding the color and of course, bird watching! And best of all, it requires minimal planning, is a quick enough activity to hold toddler attention spans, and is virtually mess-free!
Humming Bird Nectar:
4 parts water
1 part sugar
Put water and sugar into a saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, and let cool to room temperature. Add a couple drops of red food coloring, stir. Pour into a hummingbird feeder and hang in a bird friendly area!
Safety Note: DO NOT turn on stove until all ingredients have been added to the saucepan and kids are safely away from the stovetop…and, as always, use the back burners when cooking with little ones around!
Wouldn’t you know, my daughter and I hung the new feeder, took the old feeder to the trash, turned the corner to come back inside and what did we see…our first dinner guest! Since then, there has been one hummingbird that hides in the pine trees behind our fence and fiercely fends off any intruding hummingbirds from the feeder with a series of disapproving chirps (yes, hummingbirds chirp!) followed by a kamikaze nose-dive…guess the kids and I can whip-up a mean nectar!?
can you see him? he's sitting on the feeder