Monday, July 20, 2009

Attracting Hummingbirds

The kids and I are trying to make a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Attracting the hummingbirds...easy, growing the plants that attract them.....not so easy.

Fortunately, it's easy to attract hummingbirds with a feeder. Having the color red on the feeder is recommended. We had a lovely hot air balloon shaped feeder, courtesy of my mom, that we use to use. It leaked, a lot!

It attracted Rufous, our territorial hummingbird that attacks other hummingbirds who try to use the feeder. He's just returned for his second summer of instilling fear in other small birds.

We now have two feeders hanging up. I got them at Wal-Mart, the were the cheapest ones they had.

When filling a hummingbird feeder, make sure to wash the feeder out with hot soapy water and rinse.

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

Add 1 cup granulated sugar and remove from heat. Stir and let cool.

Pour into the feeder and attract those hummingbirds. Pretty easy! How do you attract wildlife, wanted or unwanted?

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