The hummingbirds have returned for the season

This spring I was searching for our hummingbird feeder. I checked in our gardening shed and the lawn furniture shed. I even checked my husband’s tool shed on the off chance he put it down on his way to the house. No luck, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I went shopping to get a new one and found two that I really liked and bought them both. I made hummingbird nectar and filled up the new feeders and set them out for the hummingbirds.

It wasn’t long before the hummingbirds showed up for some sweet nectar. It’s nice sitting out on the deck and watching the hummingbirds flying from flower to flower to the feeders. Usually we have three hummingbirds that stay in our yard for the season. To start only two showed up around the feeders and about a week later the third bird arrived. There’s always lots of activity around the flowers and feeders as the hummingbirds chase each other away.

I was in our garden shed getting a flower pot and moved a wooden crate and guess what I found? Yep, our old hummingbird feeder. Since I had the two feeders out, I decided not to put out a third one. I just wasn’t sure how I didn’t see that hummingbird feeder a few weeks earlier.

One afternoon I was having coffee on the deck and noticed a hummingbird being chased away by what I thought was another hummingbird. Whatever was chasing the hummingbirds away was almost as big as the hummingbird. I got a bit closer to take a look and realized there were a couple big wasps chasing the hummingbirds away. At first it was funny to watch but I soon realized the hummingbirds weren’t getting any food. I noticed one of the new feeders was leaking nectar all over a plant below it and that was attracting wasps.

I sprayed off the plant and chased the wasps away with some water. It felt good spraying those pests after they were so mean to our hummingbirds. After inspecting the new feeder, I realized it didn’t have a complete seal around the opening and that’s where all the nectar was leaking from. Luckily I had our old feeder to use! I cleaned it up and filled it with nectar and put it up in a different area of the deck. No more wasps and the hummingbirds can eat in peace.

Recipe for hummingbird nectar:

  • Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan. For example, 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water.
  • Bring to a boil then remove from the heat.
  • Cool before pouring into hummingbird feeders.

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