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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar


Hummingbirds are commonly seen during the spring and fall in North Florida. Do you have your feeders filled with hummingbird nectar? You don’t have to buy a mix; you can make your own!

I have a whole new respect for all those perfect hummingbird pictures that are out there. I stalked my feeder trying to get a decent photo. Maybe later in the season I’ll have a gorgeous photo of a hummingbird mid-flight, hovering near my feeder, but for now that’s what I’ve got.

I was really excited to see the first hummingbirds of the spring and so I made some yummy juice for them.

When I make my hummingbird nectar, I dissolve 1/4 cup sugar into 1 cup water. If your feeder is not red like mine, you can add a few drops of red food coloring to attract them, then omit the coloring once the birds have located your feeder. (UPDATE: according to reader Marion, you don’t actually have to add the red coloring to attract them, they’ll find you anyway.)

Try to change out the food at least every other week, especially as it gets warmer.

Hummingbirds seem to like red and purple best; I have trumpet-shaped Mexican bluebells(they actually look purplish) planted under the feeder. My back flowerbed was pretty popular last year; the hummingbirds liked the feeder and the bluebells, and the butterflies liked the zinnias. I love to see all the fluttering!

Do you have any hummingbirds that visit you? How do you attract them? I have enjoyed watching the hummingbirds so much that I’m thinking of either buying or making another feeder. Got any great DIY hummingbird feeder ideas?

Be sure to check out my post on How to Clean the Nasty Gunk out of Hummingbird Feeders!