Hummingbirds VS. Red Dye
Hummingbirds VS Red Dye
Red nectar is not necessary to attract hummingbirds. Hummers have excellent vision and they are attracted to any bright colors, including yellow and purple.
Do you buy hummingbird nectar or do you make your own?
Here is a very simple recipe for hummingbird nectar.
1 cup cane sugar
4 cups spring water
Dissolve the sugar in water and fill your feeder! Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.
Here is more important information to remember when feeding hummingbirds.
1. When purchasing a feeder be sure that is easy to clean. Please resist the urge to “top off” the nectar. Your feeder needs to be washed once a week with hot water and mild soap, more often if liquid is cloudy or has mold.
2. Choose your space well. Be sure your feeders are out of reach of cats and dogs about 4 feet above ground, preferably in the shade. Hummingbirds will remember each feeder in their territory year after year.
3. Multiple feeders are recommend due to the territorial nature of male hummers. You may have witnessed the bickering and body slamming among the hummers living near you. The more feeders you supply, the more difficult it will be for any single hummer to protect all feeders.
4. If you live in an area with a high number of hummers, like along the Gulf Coast, grouping multiple feeders together is recommended. In areas with a lower hummingbird population you will want to spread out your feeders to help reach the most birds.
5. Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas!
We are always excited to spot the first hummingbirds of the spring!
Have you spotted any this season?
Check out this hummingbird migration map to see when to expect them in your area.