It's that time of year to fill your hummingbird feeder. And, in case you have forgotten, you can make your own nectar and save some money. Here's a recipe from the Smithsonian Institute's National Zooilogical Park website.
Directions for making safe hummingbird food:
- 1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
- 2. Cool and fill feeder.
- 3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
- 4. Red dye should not be added.
If you would like to know some interesting facts regarding our little friends, you can visit the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center. There's even a place to try to find a hummingbird in the National Zoo's Humingbird Garden. The little guy is in there - so don't give up until you see him.
And, when you finish exploring the Hummingbird Garden, you may want to pick up a book at the library the next time your in. We have these titles about hummingbirds and many other books about our backyard friends. Just ask one of us at Reference Desk to show you where they are located.