The Columbines are blooming so the Hummingbirds should be here soon.
Time to get the feeders out, sterilized and filled.
For first feedings a 4/1 water to sugar (cane) mixture seems to be best.
After they find the feeders and the season progresses switch to a 5 or 6/1 mix.
Don't worry about commercial mixes.
Just boil the water and regular sugar for a few minutes and they like it just fine.
We use filtered water only. NO RED DYE!
Tap water has chlorine, fluoride and a few other little additives... can't say they'd hurt the Hummers but...
if I don't drink it neither do they!
I just saw the first hummingbird of the season a couple of minutes ago, a little ruby-throated male enjoying our iris blooms. And he buzzed right past my head, enough I would have been plenty startled had I not seen him coming.
I need to get the feeders cleaned and put out. We use regular tap water - we do drink ours. ;)
They love foxglove and it's fun seeing them go from bell to bell. We only had one foxglove come up for us this spring, though. Drat. They like the lantana and impatiens, though, so we're good.