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Creating A Hummingbird Sanctuary

What a beautiful creature!

By Venita Dee,

Why, darling, you’ve stumbled upon the secret to my heart. You see, I have a tender spot for nature’s whimsy. Today, I’ll be your guide on a charming journey to make hummingbirds the pièce de résistance of your backyard scene.

A hummingbird, with its iridescent plumage and breathtaking agility, is nature’s version of a Fabergé jewel. Their ceaseless dance in mid-air is the stuff of poets and dreamers. Like many beautiful things, they require a bit of coddling. After all, one doesn’t keep a Rolls-Royce running on cheap gas.

Let’s dive into the nectar of the matter. Sugar water is their Dom Perignon, and luckily for you, it’s as easy to whip up as a Tom Collins. A simple 1:4 ratio of refined white sugar to boiling water will do the trick. Stir that sugar in until it vanishes like a politician’s promise. Let it cool to room temperature, like a cucumber on a summer’s day, and voila! You’ve got yourself a hummingbird happy hour.

Please, darlings, hold the red food coloring. We’re dealing with nature’s supermodels, not circus clowns. And remember, your homemade nectar is like a soufflé – it doesn’t keep well. Make only enough to fill your feeder. If it lasts more than two days, it might as well be last year’s fruitcake.

And listen closely, because this is vital: don’t you dare sneak in any of that raw, organic sugar. It’s laced with iron, which can do a number on these delicate flyers. Honey is another no-no. It’s a fungal nightmare waiting to happen in their tiny esophagi. Stick to plain old white table sugar. It’s the closest we mere mortals can get to their natural nectar.

Keeping feeders pristine is as important as the nectar you fill them with. A touch of bleach in hot water, a quick rinse, and let it air dry, like you’re sunning your delicates. If you wouldn’t drink from it, why should they?

Finally, hummingbirds are insectivores. Their diet is more bugs than sugar water, so lay off the pesticides in your yard. You wouldn’t poison your own pantry, would you? And besides, we share this Eden-like forest. The least we can do is keep it poison-free.

So, there you have it. The keys to the hummingbird kingdom are in your hands. Will you create a hummingbird utopia or squander the chance?

The choice, dear reader, is all yours.


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