Hummingbirds on the Homestead

Have you tried this easy recipe for making Hummingbird Nectar? It's a great way to help control pests and take care of the hummingbirds, too!Hummingbirds are a part of my daily entertainment at the Tiny Texas House. There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t see hummingbirds at the feeder in the front window of the Tiny Texas House. The hummingbirds arrive the end of March into April and stay until the end of September/October, in the fall.

Hummingbirds outside the window of my Tiny Texas House

Even when I close the blinds in the afternoon to keep the sun out, I can see their shadow cast on the blinds. Or, as the sun sets in the west I see their image cast on the wall over my bed.

Do Hummingbirds Fly in the Rain?

My grandson, recently asked me if hummingbirds flew all the time. He had never seen one not flying. I informed him that they do take breaks and rest. In fact, if you watch the top wire on the fence that runs alongside the Tiny Texas House, you might see a hummingbird sitting there guarding his feeder that hangs in front of the window. This little fellow was sitting on the fence wire in the rain. I took this picture through the blinds that hang in front of the hummingbird feeder hanging on the Tiny Texas House. I guess that answers another question. Yes, they fly in the rain. I have seen it on numerous occasions.

Hummingbirds on the fence at the property of my Tiny Texas House. Learn how to care for them and make your own hummingbird feed!

A few years ago I challenged others to bring their hummingbirds to race against the stable of special racing hummingbirds that I kept. I fed my hummingbirds a special red racing fuel and when my racing hummingbirds flew they left a long stream of red fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff behind them. There were no takers to my challenge, they all knew better.

I no longer feed my hummingbirds that red racing fuel that you buy in the big bottles at the store. I learned that the dye in the mixture is not good for them nor does it do anything to attract hummingbirds to your feeder. World of Hummingbirds.com has complete instructions on mixing your own.

Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

4 C Boiling Water

1C Granulated Sugar

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Measure out 4 C of boiling water and add to a bowl
  3. Pour in 1 C granulated sugar
  4. Mix until sugar is dissolved
  5. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight or until completely cool
  6. Pour into a clean, dry hummingbird feeder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Change out water every 3 days at a minimum (to avoid bacterial growth in water).

 

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Nectar is a small part of a hummingbird’s diet according to World of Hummingbirds. They eat bugs for protein. Gnats, mosquitoes, spiders and other bugs make up their diet. They even use spider webs for their nest. Check out this page for more information. http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/bugs.php

Spring and summer bring numerous flowering plants and vines to East Texas. I don’t have to do much to attract the hummingbirds. I have three feeders hanging on the Tiny Texas House. The feeder I see most often is the one outside the window of the living area. That is where my vertical work space/office is located. I catch the movement of the hummingbird on the feeder out of the corner of my eye and for a moment, directs my attention to these wonderful flying marvels. I needed the break anyway.

Hummingbird Reference

I’m not an expert on hummingbirds so I often turn to the internet for resources such as Hummingbirds.net . World of Hummingbirds  also has a lot of easy to understand information that I read on occasion. Each of these hummingbird sites has information on plants that attract hummingbirds and the mixture for your feeders. Good luck on attracting these tiny birds to your home.

How Much Do I Feed the Hummingbirds?

As the days get warmer, the hummingbirds come one after the other. But still, the volume of syrup they drink is small.  I put no more than a cup of syrup in each feeder and there is always plenty left in the feeder when it is time to change the syrup. Small feeders work as well as large feeders. Some of my feeders have a perch on them and some don’t. I’ve noticed that the hummingbirds seem to stay on the feeder longer with feeders that have a perch.

Some of my feeders were gifts and some I bought. In the future, I’ll be looking for small feeders of good quality and disassemble easily for cleaning.  I also prefer glass globes over plastic for easy cleaning.

I hope you enjoy watching them as I do.

Have you tried this easy recipe for making Hummingbird Nectar? It's a great way to help control pests and take care of the hummingbirds, too!

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