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Hummingbird Syrup Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ann Ball
Added: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 Cups water to 1/2 cup sugar
2 Cups water to 1/4 cup sugar
1 Cup water to 1/8 cup sugar
1/2 Cup water to 1/16 cup sugar
A few drops red food coloring

Directions:
Directions:
Use the above proportions to make the amount you want. Mix the water and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add a very little red food coloring if needed to attract the birds. Cool before filling the bird feeder.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Our Hummingbirds--March 1984 at Shorecrest, Shelton, WA. On our arrival home from a trip to Baja, Mexico, March 29th there were 2 Humming- birds here looking for some food. We are sure they are the "Rufus" bird.. On April 11,1984 I noticed out of my kitchen window a hummingbird flew into the Hemlock tree very close to our home. On a closer look we discovered the nest. One bird sitting
on the nest. On April 28th the mother hummer is feeding her babies.By May 3rd the mother bird is not sitting on the nest all of the time. We thought the birds had left the nest but just watched the mother feeding--then we saw a head pop up out of the nest when Mother left.So there is at least one bird in the nest yet. On May 6th we watched the mother bird feed two babes in nest. She was also driving off a large robin from the tree where the nest was located. By May 8th the babies are growing up with more action in the nest. The mother bird is still feeding them but I think they will be leaving the nest soon. On May 11th, after we returned from Olympia the babies were still in the nest and the mother bird is still feeding them. By May 14th the babies are still in the nest but they flutter and exercise their wings so it will not be long now. On May 22nd we returned home from a week's fishing trip to Eastern Washington and the babies were gone from the nest. We missed the best part; to see them fly to freedom.

 

 

 

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