Columbia Audubon Society
It is time to put out your hummingbird feeders!
Our Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds will be returning soon! Be ready for them by hanging out your feeder. Make sure you clean it thoroughly before you put it out. Things to remember:
Make your own hummingbird food. You can make any amount, but the proportion is always the same: 1 part granulated, white, table sugar and 3 parts filtered water. Don't use syrup or brown sugar.
Don't use food coloring!
Don't have a water filter? You can boil it or just fill up a glass with your tap water and let it sit on the counter overnight. The chlorine will evaporate. Don't use bottled water...the planet will thank you.
Don't completely fill your feeder. Only put out enough nectar to last for 3-4 days. That way, you won't accidentally leave out the nectar for too long.
Clean your feeder with soap and hot water at least once per week. Rinse it well before you refill it.
Don't have a feeder?
Mosaic makes a good one made of recycled glass and no plastic parts
Perky Pet feeders are a good choice. Get one with a wide opening, so it is easy to clean.
Wild Birds Unlimited has some good ones, too.
Make your own! Use a shallow jelly jar and a red peanut butter lid. Drill a hole in the top of the lid, fill 'er up, and watch the hummingbirds flock to it! See below.
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Have you found an injured bird or a young bird you suspect has been abandoned? We recommend you first consult with the Advice page on Carolina Wildlife Center's website.