You have a soft red neck, weigh as much as a nickel, can fly backwards & enjoy your “Red Solo Cup” sipping! If this sounds like you, then we are in love with you because you are quite amazing. I am referring to my all-time favorite feathered friend, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird.
For the last 5 years we have enjoyed their visits to our home while sitting on either our back deck or the covered front porch.
Since having been introduced to them by a dear friend (Wendy) in our neighborhood, I have become quite addicted. My husband and I both look forward to their return each year around March. We make sure the feeders are clean and filled with fresh nectar. As soon as one of us has the first sighting of the year we excitedly tell the other and look for them daily. We giggle as we hear the little helicopters buzzing and quarreling with one another.
One of my most exciting experiences was holding a feeder in my hand while the little hummer perches and feeds. I’ll never forget how amazing it was to actually feel his tiny feet against my skin and seeing him so close.
Because I have such a love for these beautiful little creatures I wanted to share with you how to keep them healthy by cleaning their feeders properly and how to make the best homemade nectar that should always be clear, not red. I hope you will enjoy learning how you can be a part in keeping hummingbirds healthy and nourished while you benefit from their daily visit.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
1 part white sugar
3 parts filtered water (heated up warm enough to melt sugar)
Simply add ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Keep extra nectar stored in the refrigerator in a glass container.
In September, try a visit with the kiddos to experience the annual “Banding of the Hummingbirds” at the Kennesaw, GA Smith-Gilbert gardens . It is a fun educational event for the entire family and one of your kids may actually get to hold and release one of these beautiful creatures!
I hope you have enjoyed this information and I hope you will come to love and care for our sweet friends in flight, most especially, The Redneck Family! - “Birds of a feather flock together”!
Other places you may want to check out to learn more about hummingbirds!
Perky Pet - how to clean a hummingbird feeder
Joybilee Farm - Hummingbird Recipe
YouTube - The Ruby Throated Hummingbird
What is YOUR favorite bird? Let me know in the comments below!