Hummingbirds are fascinating to watch. The best long-term plan is to grow lots of flowers, especially red tubular ones to attract hummingbirds. While your flowers are growing, a hummingbird feeder will attract hummingbirds, often close to your windows where you can watch them!
My favorite hummingbird feeders are Hummzingers . I don’t usually shop name brands but this one is worth it. You can buy them online or at some local, farm, garden or bird specialty, stores. These feeders are super easy to clean and have an ant moat.
You can also make your own hummingbird feeder. This Pinterest board has several examples of DIY feeders, https://www.pinterest.com/inatres/hummingbird-feeders/ . I have several of the small lidded test tubes leftover from past butterfly field days. They are 50 cents each and I can leave them in the drop box at the end of my driveway for you. Plastic folders work well for flowers. I do not recommend fabric as it would be hard to keep clean. Cleanliness is the most important consideration when making a feeder. I also strongly suggest incorporating an ant moat. Be creative!
Whatever feeder you use, fill it with a 4 to 1 mixture of water to sugar that has been brought to a boil then cooled – 1 cup water to ¼ cup sugar; 2 cups water to ½ cup sugar; 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar, etc. Do not use red food dye.
Goal: Make or buy a hummingbird feeder.
- Bird Feeder – your DIY hummingbird feeder
- Bird Habitat or Investigative Item – a planter with flowers specifically chosen to attract hummingbirds
- Bird Educational Item – Wonderful Hummingbirds, Hummingbird Migration; How to make a hummingbird garden, favorite hummingbird flowers, how to make a hummingbird feeder, How a hummingbird flies, what a hummingbird eats, etc.
- Bird Discovery Kit or Backpack – a Kit to teach a club or troop about hummingbirds, a kit to build hummingbird feeders with a group, etc.
- Bird Photo Series – hummingbirds using your feeder, steps in making your feeder, hummingbirds nectaring on flowers, etc.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird – Maryland DNR