Each year around Mother's Day, the hummingbirds make their first appearance in our neck of the woods. Their short little visit with us is typically from May to August; and throughout the summer we enjoy watching them so much. They are quite entertaining. I do make up my own hummingbird food for them; but as of this morning, I hadn't gotten any mixed up quite yet. I was looking out my sliding glass door when a little hummingbird came right up to the glass and paused just long enough as if he was saying, "we're back .... and where's our food?" So I immediately reached for the sugar and water and mixed some food up for the cute little birds. It is cooling on the stove at this moment, and in short order I will fill up their little feeders to welcome them back to their summer home.
Just in case some of you don't make up your own hummingbird food, here is the recipe I use. It is different than the typical 4:1 ratio of water and sugar; but my brother, Pat, came up with this recipe, and they really love it more than the other.
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
Bring to a boil in a small pan and allow to boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely before filling the hummingbird feeders.