Andy I love to watch the birds. Relaxing on the back porch or the carport at the "cottage" will remove all the stress we incurred during the day. We keep feed out for bluebirds, cardinals, finches and all the other songbirds who frequent the feeders and birdbath. The hummingbirds, on the other hand, offer plenty of entertainment and can get just a little crazy sometimes. Below you'll find a few pictures and some video we captured some time ago.
Until the past year, I always bought pouches or containers full of red sugary stuff to mix up for the hummingbirds that visited us on a yearly basis. I always worried about the "red" in the pouch and wondered what long-term effects it had on our winged little friends. Now I mix my own "clear nectar" and they love it! Within minutes of a refill; they are out and fighting off the dominant males!
HOMEMADE HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR
4 cups of water
1 cup sugar
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Let it cool completely. This will fill the style feeder shown in the pics.
Be sure to clean your feeder before you fill it