Friday, September 30, 2005

"Honey Bird Feeders"

A few weeks ago, we were sitting in our garage doing school (with the door open - a little shade while enjoying the nice weather) when we saw a hummingbird dart across the doorway. We haven't seen many of them around here, but decided then and there that we needed to set up a hummingbird feeder to attract these delightful creatures.

A few days later we picked up not one but two feeders (they're very inexpensive) at the hardware store along with a book on attracting hummingbirds (I'm sure it's probably the wrong time of year for, this, but we'll just give it another try in the spring). This new book along with our DK Eyewitness Handbook: Birds of the World have been favorites around here lately - particularly with the three year old. She keeps asking to look for the "Honey Bird Feeder". When you ask her to show you the "Honey Bird Feeder", she carefully pours over the Bird Handbook until she finds the male Great Frigatebird, which inflate their red throat sacs during breeding.

3 comments:

Nancy C. Brown said...

That is funny about the frigatebird.
We are still getting hummingbirds at our feeder, but we have been feeding them all summer. Actually, I think they should be moving on, so I'm not going to refill the feeders this week.
They are really fun to watch.
Don't buy the instant food. Here is the formula:
1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Boil 30 seconds, cool. Use.
They love it. They don't need the red food coloring. If they don't come, tie a lot of red ribbons around in your yard and they will. They love red anything.

arlawless said...

Or you can wrap red Saran Wrap around the feeder. I got that from your dad, Alicia. I'm not positive, but I think he got it from Kathy. Good tip in my opinion! :-)

Molly

Love2Learn Mom said...

Thanks Nancy. I'll try your formula - probably in the spring. :)

Hi Molly - what a great idea. I really should talk to the expert some time!!