When it comes to food, hummingbirds definitely have a sweet beak. Although they eat plenty of insects, the sugary nectar from flowers provides the energy that keeps them humming. Lucky for us, hungry hummers like sugar water just as well. Mix 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Get an adult to help you boil the mixture on the stove. Let the nectar cool before filling your feeder. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. There’s no need to add red coloring to your nectar. As long as part of your feeder is red, hummingbirds will come in swarms.
To keep its tiny wings aflutter, a ruby-throated hummingbird must eat nearly half its weight in insects and nectar every day. You’d have to drink nearly 160 cans of soda to do the same—what a sugar rush! To help ruby-throats refuel, make a hummingbird feeder. It’s easy, just follow these steps.
Nichole LeClair Terrill