The ratio is 4 to 1.
it might be, Travis, but for their fall trek to Mexico I make it stronger
for them. They appreciate it too! <g>
Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington
USDA Zone 8
Sunset Zone 5
I'm not Travis, but I'm curious, is there research to prompt such an
opinion? Don't tell me a little birdie told you so.
Here's the recipe for artificial nectar (syrup):
Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
It's not necessary to boil the water. The microorganisms that cause
fermentation don't come from the water; they are transported to the
feeder on hummingbird bills.
Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
This mixture approximates the average sucrose content (about 21%) of
the flowers favored by North American hummingbirds, without being so
sweet it attracts too many insects.
thanks Hal! <g> (no, the hummers didn't tell me anything. I watched them
snapping up teeny little fliers and supping all spring and summer on my
flowers. I never put any nectar or sugarwater out for them this year. they
gleaned every drop they could from everything around my gardens, and before
I could make up any supplimental sugar water for them, they were gone. and
this year was the first year I've had so many! I based this on previous
year's when I'd only increase the sugar in October just before they left for
the South American regions for winter. ) thanks for clearing this up
haven't seen the wooly bears yet. Last year they were one
color........brown. Been watching for them, though. With the early snow in
Colorado makes me wonder if we'll HAVE a winter this year, or if it will
rain all season. I'd actually welcome some snows! When I spot the woolies,
I'll let ya' know.
Okay, they told me to trill at you. It's pretty hummingbird loud out
there about now. Thankfully, everything is still in full bloom so
they have plenty of stuff to eat.
I believe the hummers who migrate through here are from north of us,
the guys you have fly down through Louisianna and across the Gulf to
Cozumel. They get a tan, then do it all again.
Travis and I are lucky in that we get hummers year around, I have pictures
of Annas feeding from snow covered feeders in February. In the very cold
weather I make the 'juice' 3 parts hot water and 1 part sugar, just stir
till dissolved. I don't boil it, don't boil it in the summer either, I just
don't make up mass quantities. Done it for years with no problems. No red
food coloring, totally unnecessary and probably harmful. I also have
duplicate feeders. While two are up the other two are running through the
dishwasher. I use the Humzingers, easy to clean, fill, etc.
In the winter I do take in the feeder about an hour after sundown and set my
alarm to get it back outside about an hour before sunrise when it's freezing
weather. I got comments about some of my winter hummer pictures that I
needed to adjust exposure. It was still o' dark thirty when the first
hummers hit the feeders in the morning and I was taking pictures with a
flash, the pictures weren't dark, the dark was DARK!
Alt. 5ft 2in (when fully vertical)
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