I now am the proud owner of a zebra finch (he's small and doesnt threaten me, as long as he's not flapping his wings) and several bird feeders. The latter of which are bringing quite a bit of joy to our house now that spring has arrived. I mean, I hate to say it. I have been a life long bird despiser. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is my ultimate nightmare. And once, when I was visiting Mexico City, I was attacked by pigeons. Attacked.
Anyway, my son loves watching the brilliantly colored hummingbirds that flock to our yard around this time of year. I can tolerate hummingbirds. They are like big bees - or so I tell myself. We made a trip to our local big buy store and were able to buy some reasonable priced feeders, but once I saw that the ready made food was more than a gallon of milk, I though there must be a way to make it at home. And, so there was. Check out this cool recipe courtesy of BirdWatching-Bliss.com. And, it makes for a great activity with the kids.
- Make sure your feeder is cleaned thoroughly before adding new solution.
- Boil 1 cup of water. (Moms only!)
- Stir 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar into the 1 cup of heated water.
- Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Cool, fill your hummingbird feeder, and add a few drops of colorful food coloring to attract the birds.
- Any leftover nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
For added fun, take a few pics of the birds, and create your own nature journal.