Hummers arrive on the river
Posted on Sep 11th, 2023
The Fall migration of hummingbirds has started. Put out a feeder and enjoy watching them swarm and fight for feeder position. However, using the wrong kinds of sugar solutions or leaving moldy feeders out can kill hummingbirds and their babies.
Do not use: raw sugar, agave syrup, brown sugar, molasses, artificial sweeteners, or anything other than white sugar; these cause various problems for hummers. Adding red food-dye coloring is unnecessary. The red on a feeder is enough to attract hummers. DO NOT USE HONEY as this can kill hummingbirds.
Homemade Hummer food:
One part sugar to four parts water - stir until sugar is dissolved.
One cup of sugar to four cups of water
3/4 cup sugar to 3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups of water.
Bring solution to a boil to kill bacteria and slow spoilage - allow to cool.
Fill feeders just enough for a day or two of use. Extra solution may be refrigerated if used within one week.