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Jut like clockwork. We celebrate Memorial Day and our hummingbirds return. I curried the horses and put the hair out for them to build their nests. We usually don’t put out much juice for them but the recent dry spell has left most of the flowers wilted to the point that the birds won’t visit them.
 
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SR: have you got a recipe for the nectar please? Would love to seriously make one. No hummingbirds here, but parrots and finches are possible in the UK.
 

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Alp- 1 cup sugar & 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and let cool. No need to add red coloring, its actually bad for the birds.
Yep. I use the same homemade nectar. I've had quite a few hummingbirds throughout the month. I'll probably bring the feeder in now that the orioles don't seem to be showing up as much. They can eat the oranges, and the hummers will find plenty of nectar from my columbines and other natives as the season goes on.
 
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SR: have you got a recipe for the nectar please? Would love to seriously make one. No hummingbirds here, but parrots and finches are possible in the UK.
It is a commercial premixed liquid we get from the local feed store. We use it sparingly because we don’t want the birds to become dependent on it. Right now though, my roses are the only thing in bloom.
 

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It is a commercial premixed liquid we get from the local feed store. We use it sparingly because we don’t want the birds to become dependent on it. Right now though, my roses are the only thing in bloom.
Yes, good idea!
 
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Silentrunning, it looks like you need an ant trap!! :giggle: (y)

I made mine out of the bottom of a water bottle and some string, but I've been wanting to upgrade it to something prettier. I had my eye on a plastic spice jar that has a pretty shape, but I really like that little terra cotta pot one. (Although, on a hot day, I bet the water would evaporate too fast. :unsure:)


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Silentrunning, it looks like you need an ant trap!! :giggle: (y)

I made mine out of the bottom of a water bottle and some string, but I've been wanting to upgrade it to something prettier. I had my eye on a plastic spice jar that has a pretty shape, but I really like that little terra cotta pot one. (Although, on a hot day, I bet the water would evaporate too fast. :unsure:)


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You’re right. Ants are a constant problem. I guess I’ try to see if I can build one of those traps.
 
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We smeared axle grease in a 1" wide band around the feeders' support poles, cleaned the feeders to get rid of the ants, and haven't had any problem since. Now we put the grease on as soon as we put out the feeders.
 
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Exactly, how is red coloring bad for birds?
I have to let this person explain the thoughts. Like they say the feeder is already red. Here, we have red umbrellas too in case a Mr or Mrs Magoo is in our woods and cannot see the feeder. So we do not color nectar because its not necessary on top of the petrochemicals.
 
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Balony. Bologna. No science to it, all opinion of people who are Luddites. Toxic is matter of level, not material. Eat a tablespoon of salt and get back to me. The amount of whatever red colorant in 2 quarts of water with sugar would be ppm, -parts per million, hard to calculate and probably ineffective as a poison at that level. Scare mongers always assume conditions waaaayyy out of proportion to what exists in reality, and use words synonymous they believe are negative. Petrochemicals are the feedstocks of modern life, without which many kinds of things would not exist at prices the common man can afford and replace wood and metal, freeing them for better application.

Like to stay organic? Coal is organic. Have a problem with plastic floating around the oceans? People elect politicians that elect to dispose of trash in the oceans. People is the problem, not plastic, or petrochemicals, or coal, or any material used by society. Want a clean environment? First, kill all the politicians. (Shakespeare, eat your heart out)
 
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Several red food colors were removed from food products years ago because they were found to be harmful. These colorants are still used in non-food applications.
 
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From Audubon, explaining how to make nectar: Note: There's no need for red dye here. Red coloring is not necessary and the chemicals could prove to be harmful to the birds.
And from All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/should-i-use-red-food-coloring-in-hummingbird-food/
This was a bit long to post, but take a look at what both a rehab expert and an author of a book about hummingbirds have to say.
These folks are not exactly Luddites.
 
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They are indeed Luddites. They hang their hats on problems solved 50 years ago. Just because the food is attractive doesn't mean the birds will suddenly be overcome by ignorance and too stupid to find their own way in the wilds. They like a varied diet and do not just live five feet from the feeder, -they come and go at will. And, birders are the quintessential Greenies who are progenitors of politically correct environmentalism and thence to speech and ultimately 1984 thought control. Your complaints about red colorants are absolutely unfounded and are merely tools of control of people who are well-intentioned but don't have enough scientific understanding to decide for themselves.
 
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They are indeed Luddites. They hang their hats on problems solved 50 years ago. Just because the food is attractive doesn't mean the birds will suddenly be overcome by ignorance and too stupid to find their own way in the wilds. They like a varied diet and do not just live five feet from the feeder, -they come and go at will. And, birders are the quintessential Greenies who are progenitors of politically correct environmentalism and thence to speech and ultimately 1984 thought control. Your complaints about red colorants are absolutely unfounded and are merely tools of control of people who are well-intentioned but don't have enough scientific understanding to decide for themselves.
I would very much like you to meet my wife. She will incise your arguement, however bent by your preceived facts. But she has your ability to run over the vocalizations of others. I once saw her take out an entire greyhound busload of italian teenagers partying in our Parisian hotel hallway after my simpering and nice guy methods failed. On that day, I was able to not look behind myself so much. Women can be assholes in ways men cannot, and are better imo in so many details.
 
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Thank you, @Mrsclem ! Worth having a bit of fun. Always remember son having a good time feeding parakeets in zoos years back.
 
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