Hummingbird Feeder | Backyard Entertainment

My husband and I really enjoy watching hummingbirds. These beautiful birds have become our favorite backyard entertainment.

hummingbird-feeder-thoughtful-gift-ideaHummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. They are fascinating to watch because they can hover, fly right, left, up, down, backwards and even upside down.

They flap their wings about 80 times per second which causes a humming sound.

Every year in early summer, we hang our hummingbird feeders outside our breakfast window. Within a week to 10 days, three to four will show up. As the summer continues, there will be several more depending upon how many feeders we have.

We are researching what kind of flowers to add to our garden in hopes of attracting more hummingbirds. We love to relax on our patio and hear them humming as they fly by us.

hummingbird-feeder-backyard-entertainment-thoughtful-gift-ideaHummingbird Feeders Make Thoughtful Gifts

Hummingbird feeders make wonderful gifts to share with friends and family.

It’s like giving a pet but without major responsibilities.

All that is necessary is to keep the feeders filled with hummingbird nectar. You can purchase it ready made or make it yourself. It’s really quite simple.

When we give hummingbird feeders as a gift, we include a hanger/hook and hummingbird food.

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 as it is harmful to our feathered friends.

In my youth, if anyone had told me I would enjoy watching hummingbirds I would not have believed them. I’m glad I’m all grown up and can appreciate the beauty of hummingbirds as I watch from the comfort of my own backyard.

Do small things with great love.  – Mother Teresa

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