|Allen's Hummingbird by John Corney|
|Anna's Hummingbird by John Corney|
If you live in an area where there are hummingbirds and want to put out your own feeders, don't waste your money buying the expensive nectar you see at stores. Just buy a big bag of sugar and put a cup of sugar into a bowl and add 4 cups of water and mix till the sugar is dissolved. No need to add any gimmicky red food coloring. If you haven't had feeders in your garden or on your patio before, it may take a little while for the hummers to find your feeder, but stick with it and they will come. By the way, if you don't have enough birds to drink the nectar within 5 days, then throw away anything that is left over and replace it with fresh nectar. In the summer, clean the feeders with some bleach and rinse several times before refilling to avoid the growth of black bacteria.
Anyhow, I took some photos today and captured some nice shots of both Anna's and Allen's hummingbirds. You can see the photos in my albums at my Facebook page: Allen's hummingbird photos and Anna's hummingbird photos.
If you're really into these beautiful creatures, here's a video I took recently and uploaded to YouTube. Video of hummingbirds at garden feeder.
After years of hanging hummingbird feeders in my garden, these humble feeders are the favorite stopover for my birds. I'm not sure what it is, as it's not as bright and shiny as the others, but these are the favorite feeders by far. So if you are just getting started, these are my recommendation. Pick up a couple of these feeders from Amazon and get your own hummingbird haven up and humming.