Did you know that hummingbirds are pollinators too!
If you don't have a perfect blend of flowers throughout summer you may need to provide them nectar.. but the red store-bought nectar slowly kills the hummers. Here is a very simple recipe that is a much safer solution.
This is a short post as it is right to the point.
I started feeding hummingbirds about 10 years ago and found out before feeding my first year that the store bought and red dyes are not safe for the hummingbirds. When I started I had only one variety of plants that hummingbirds could eat from. So I've been making this tasty treat for them as I slowly add more plants they can enjoy. The hummingbirds come back every year in early spring and wait on my porch until I put out the nectar.
Recipe: Take 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.
(Ex. 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar.)
Put them in a saucepan and bring to a boil, boil for two minutes and take pan off the heat. Make sure the nectar has cooled off completely and serve!
Very simple recipe isn't it?! Please don't add red dye.. again it's unsafe. They will eat it but it causes a slow death for them. They like red coloring but they don't need it to find the nectar.. I have a planter of petunias (never red) near the nectar.
I hope this has been a helpful article. Enjoy your hummingbird friends, as they eat you'll be able to hear their happy chirps!