Making sugar water for hummingbirds is relatively easy. All you need is sugar (just plain white sugar; brown sugar and sugar substitutes harm the hummingbirds), and plain water. You'll need 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 cups water to fill two 12 oz hummingbird feeders. There's no need to add red coloring to the water; it doesn't attract the hummingbirds any better than plain sugar water does. Most hummingbird feeders are red or orange anyway. Now all you need to do is boil the water, add the sugar, stir it in, and wait until it is completely cool before putting it out. I've found that homemade sugar water often attracts more birds than pre-made mixes you can buy in the store.
Project FeederWatch, for those who haven't heard of it, is a project through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada in which anyone with a bird feeder in the U.S. and Canada can participate. What you do is simple. Sign up on their website, feederwatch.org, for a fee of $15; $12 for Cornell Lab members. The participation fee for participants in the U.S. is going to increase on September 1, 2014, to $18 for non-members and $15 for lab members. If you haven't done FeederWatch before, they send you a kit consisting of a bird identification poster, bird-feeding information, instructional materials, a calendar, a tally sheet (you can print more here), and a welcome letter. For renewing members who did FeederWatch last year, you receive a calendar, a tally sheet, and a welcome letter, unless you want the full kit. Once you have the kit, all you do is install a feeder if you don't have one already, count the birds that come to it and your yard using the tally sheet, and submit the data online to FeederWatch. The data goes to scientists who use it to make accurate bird population maps. The FeederWatch season starts in early November, 2014 and ends in early April, 2015. Sign up today!
I've heard about people hand-feeding hummingbirds sugar water from a little cup that they hold in their hand, so I decided to try it. No hummingbirds actually drank from the cup, but a few did come about less than an inch away, so close I could feel the air from their wings. I'm going to do this every morning so the hummingbirds will get used to me being there and eventually drink from the cup. You can hand-feed hummers, too; all you need is a small cup (a red plastic quarter-cup is perfect), sugar water, and, of course, hummingbirds! Just fill the cup with sugar water, hold it in your hand, and be prepared to be standing (or sitting) there for half an hour or more.
I think Brownie (and Luna) are the calmest cats in the world right now!
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Results of this poll:
Northern Cardinal: 6 votes
Great-horned Owl: 5 votes
Western Scrub-Jay: 4 votes
Rufous Hummingbird: 3 votes
Baltimore Oriole: 2 votes
Herring Gull: 1 vote
Canada Goose: 0 votes
Total number of votes: 21
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It's naptime! Here are some photos of Luna & Brownie sleeping in the sunroom. Brownie usually sleeps in the cat carrier (without a blanket...I think he likes it because its cool) or on his flat cardboard cat scratcher. Luna is in love with the windowsill, but the scratcher is a favorite, too.
At first, I didn't think this would work, but it did, and attracts more than 15 hummingbirds a day. It is a Dr. JB's 16 oz Clean Feeder attached to a front window using the included window hanger. We get Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous hummingbirds coming daily. Not as many Calliopes as Black-chinned and Rufous, but a few every now and then. Here are some pictures of hummingbirds drinking from the feeder.
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