One of my greatest pleasures is when our tiny iridescent, feathered friends, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, return to our area in the spring of each year.  Several weeks before they are due to appear in March, I have my feeders clean and filled with the sweet, sugary nectar they so love.  For my “homemade” nectar, I use a ratio of one part sugar to four parts water.  After bringing the water to a boil, remove it from the stove, add the sugar, mix well and let it cool before placing it in the feeder.  Unused nectar can be refrigerated for up to a week.  NEVER use the red colored nectar that is offered in so many big-box stores, as  the red parts of your feeder are more than enough to attract the hummers, and the food color is unhealthy for them.   Change the food about every three to seven days or when the feeders are empty.  Hope you learn to attract, love and appreciate these precious little creatures as much as I.

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