Opus Avant Garden Looking Glass Hummingbird Feeder
As one of the smaller miracles in the garden, hummingbirds are fascinating to watch. If you haven't planted flowers to attract them or don't have the space, try this pretty hummingbird feeder. It holds enough nectar for 3 days and is durable despite its good looks. Available at Amazon for $18.75. You can make your own nectar by boiling 1 cup of sugar in a quart of water. Some people use packaged food which is really just sugar with or without the red dye. The instant food is suspicious to me because it doesn't require boiling. I suspect there is some kind of mold inhibitor or preservative in it and so I would never feed it to my birds. Whichever food you use, make sure that it's clear. Red dye is harmful for everyone to ingest, and especially to hummingbirds because they're so small. It's also important to clean out your feeder every 3 days to remove any mold that may have started to grow. These tiny birds are highly susceptible to mold-related illnesses. For more information on hummingbirds, consult Peterson's A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America. 180 full color photographs.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at July 7, 2008 6:15 AM