DIY Hummingbird Nectar Recipe & Bonus Tip
Spring is the time for the hummingbird migration from southern Mexico and Central America. As the hummingbirds make their way back to their northern homes they will need to stop for food and fuel. Make sure you have an ample source of food available for these feathered friends with DIY Hummingbird Nectar. Commercial products sold as “instant nectar” or “hummingbird food” may also contain preservatives and/or artificial flavors as well as dyes, and are not necessary. The long-term effects of these additives on hummingbirds have not been studied and therefore should not automatically be considered safe.
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight. In order to help support the hummingbirds (as well as other beneficial pollinators) consider planting flowers to attract these amazing birds.
The Hummingbird Society
Abutilon (Chinese Bell Flower)
Agastache (Cusicks Giant Hyssop)
Anisacanthus (Desert Honeysuckle)
Aquilegia (Crimson Columbine)
Caesalpinia (Bird of Paradise)
Callistemon (Crimson Bottlebrush)
Chilopsis (Desert Willow)
Justicia (Shrimp Plant)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Lobelia (Fools Bane)
Monarda (Bee Balm)
- 1 cup granulated sugar,
- 4 cups of filtered water
- Place these in a saucepan, heat just until sugar dissolves.
- This is very much like preparing simple syrup.
- Turn the heat off, allow to cool.
- Keep refrigerated.
- The feeders will need cleaning every couple of weeks due to no preservatives in the sugar water. Do not add red food coloring, it is not necessary and is not good for their little diets
Hummingbird DIY Bonus Tip
Ants can sense food from far distances and seem to have a special attraction to sweets. To keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder you need to make a ant trap moat. All you need to make this moat is an old (clean) medicine cup, a wine cork and two round eye bolts.
Screw one round eye bolt through the bottom of the medicine cup and into a wine cork, then screw another eye bolt through the bottom of the cork. Fill the medicine cup with water and it will act like a moat to keep ants out of your feeder, hang your feeder from the bottom of the cork like in the picture above.