Every summer my kitchen turns into a “humming” Nectar Production Center for our tiny visitors. The sugar water consists of one (1) part of sugar to four (4) parts of filtered water. I use filtered water because we have our own well and the mineral content is too high to consume. The sugar water is brought to a boil, then cooled and stored in glass jars in the refrigerator. Every year I judge the success of our Humming bird breeding season by keeping track of the sugar the birds consume to supplement their diet. Last year 180 pounds were consumed and this year we are off to a good start with 40 pounds of sugar already gone.
I will get a two week break from the unrelenting work when the prairie is in full bloom because the Hummers prefer the natural nectar which has more nutrients for the birds. Well, due to the weather the prairie is late and for now I have to keep up the flow of nectar from my kitchen.
What I find really funny is that my girls are very interested in the Hummers flitting around everywere. Here they are on the porch watching the birds’ antics.