This is an amazing video filmed by Lori Soroka. It truly captures the beauty of hummingbirds and how really spectacular our world is. I’m in awe when I watch this.
I’ve had bird feeders for several years, but, I never tried to attract hummingbirds. Living in Michigan, I figured I wouldn’t have much luck. But, after watching the video, I couldn’t resist trying to attract some to my own yard. So, I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder and brush.
I didn’t buy the nectar mix because according to the Audubon Society: “never use red dye; nectar is naturally clear, and the coloring could be harmful.” It’s very easy to make: 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. I usually make about 4 cups – 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water. I put it in a pitcher, shake well to dissolve the sugar, and store the unused portion in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks.
Every few days, your hummingbird feeder should be thoroughly cleaned with hot water & a bottle brush before refilling. Do this more often if the heat is over 80° F. You should also replace the nectar if the mix is cloudy, another advantage of not using dyed nectar.
I wish I had done more research before I purchased my feeder. After reading about the different feeders, I recommend the Aspects HummZinger HighView 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder because it’s easy to clean and insect resitent. The birds won’t feed from a feeder with bugs.