We have been feeding the hummingbirds all summer. This is a really fun, simple way to do casual nature study. We have one or two "regulars" at the feeder and they visit several times each day. It is a rare trip out to the garden or chicken coop that does not include the sight of one of these little birds zipping back and forth. They are always great fun to watch, even when they are fighting over who gets that first sip.
I received this pretty feeder for Mother's Day and hung it from a garden hook in our perennial bed. Hummingbird feeders are easy to find. I have not found the plastic ones to hold up as well as this glass one has. Of course, it probably does not help that our last plastic one was destroyed by a bear!
You can buy specially made food to fill your hummingbird feeder with, but we make our own. It is easy enough for kids to make, so when I notice it getting low, I delegate:). We just mix 1/4 cup of white sugar into 1 cup of water and pour it in! The feeder does get kind of gross from time to time, so we have a dedicated brush we use to scrub it out. A bottle brush works great. We do not use soap to clean the feeder, just water.
On a completely unrelated side-note, I can hardly believe that it is already September! We are taking this week off from lessons but will be back at it next week. Our outside activities are starting up this week, so it has been nice to have easy mornings to go with the busy afternoons. I am hoping to get some salsa canned and the vegetable garden straightened up this week, as well as finalizing our routine of lessons/house & farm work/outside commitments etc.. It is always a balancing act, this year even more so than many.
Till next time!