Come Hither, Young Hummingbird

I’ve had a bird feeder hanging outside our living room window for a good year. Our very first hummingbird visitor was on New Year’s Day, 2011. I thought it a propitious beginning to the year, but since then we’ve had infrequent hummingbird visitors. It’s always been a tremendously big deal when we see one, and our freaking out usually scares the birds away.

I’ve kept it stocked with yummy hummingbird goodness, but other than the rare fly-by, we haven’t had a lot of action.

Until now…. The visitation numbers really started jumping this fall, and we’ve noticed at least two different kinds frequenting the feeder. I just restocked the nectar a few days ago, and WOW. They are loving it! There’s no need to buy commercial nectar, it’s super easy to make:  Boil 1 part sugar to 4 parts of water. Easy, eh? I make up extra and put it in the refrigerator – which is why it’s important to boil it. NEVER put food coloring in it. Most feeders have colorful plastic parts to attract the birds.

This guy has been GORGING today!

According to Oregon State Extension Service, there are more than 340 types of hummingbirds, but only five that live in Oregon. If my birdspotting is accurate, here are the two types we have visiting our feeder:

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna. My Anna is of course delighted by this. © Edgar Paul Coral, courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Black-chinned Hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri © Robinsegg, courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Happy birding!




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6 responses to “Come Hither, Young Hummingbird

  1. Jeana

    I was not getting any with that mixture so I went 1 cup to 1 cup. They came and fast. I got them hooked and then started adding more water and still getting lots!!!

  2. I’m impressed. You’ve really rsiaed the bar with that.

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  5. thyroidinfo


    I do the same thing all winter long. During the freezing days, I am always changing out the feeder every hour with defrosted nectar! They seem to really appreciate it!!

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