It’s that time again. Sauna-hot days and downpour rainstorms challenge hummingbirds to store the necessary calories for their long trip ahead. Help children make the nectar, hang an inexpensive feeder, and keep it filled with fresh sugar water, no food coloring, all summer long to encourage our smallest flyers. (Recipe above.)
Position your feeder out of walkways and high-traffic feeding stations for other birds, keep it filled and fresh with new nectar every 3 days or so during the hottest days, and hummingbirds will reward you by returning year after year. Bonus: keep a pair of binoculars near a good viewing window for all to see the striking detail and brilliant colors of their feathers, how they sip through their “straws,” and how deftly they dart in and out of view.