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Easy Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Easy Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Use our Easy Hummingbird Nectar Recipe and you’ll feel confident that you are giving your birds the best, and saving money, too!

There is nothing easier! Resist the urge to buy pre-made nectar, especially the red and or “flavored” kind that will have preservatives and artificial coloring in them.  Do not add food coloring to your nectar. Good feeders are usually red in color and that’s all the birds need to find the nectar.

male ruby throated hummingbird
This photo of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was taken through our kitchen window.

Plain white sugar is all the birds need, as scientific study indicates that white sugar is more chemically akin to the nectar that is in flowers. Never use brown sugar, honey, beet sugar, agave, etc etc. While these are good for human consumption, the organic materials in these sweeteners will attract bacteria quickly.

We typically make up a quart of sugar water and keep it in the fridge so we can easily clean and refill our (3) feeders at home. Hummingbirds do not mind cold nectar, and you’ll appreciate how quickly and easily you can clean the feeders and get them back out again.

Equipment needed:

Teakettle or pot

Container to store nectar (we use a large Ball canning jar with a white plastic lid)

White table sugar

Water

Directions:

1 part sugar to 4-5 parts of water.

The recipe varies only by the volume of your storage jar.

Do not worry that it has to be exact, we are not baking a cake ;- )

Boil the water, add the sugar and stir to dissolve.

Allow to cool, then refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

filling the hummingbird feeder
We keep nectar made up and in the fridge, so it’s wicked easy to maintain our feeders at the shop.
One of our Dr. JB Feeders, in action at home. This feeder holds 24oz of nectar.
High View Bird Feeders enable you to see the whole bird, as the perch is positioned above the feeder ports. Genius!

 

On the Shelf: Birding in Connecticut

On the Shelf: Birding in Connecticut

Birding in Connecticut is the definitive guide to where, when, and how to find birds in the Constitution State. A long overdue overhaul of hotspots in Connecticut! Packed with information valuable to birders of all skill levels, from species accounts and a first-of-a kind cumulative list of rare bird sightings to a synopsis of local… Continue Reading

Extended Holiday Hours

Extended Holiday Hours

We extend our hours after Thanksgiving through Dec. 24th! Sundays we’re here 12-4, but will happily stay a little later if you call us first. Monday-Fridays 10am-6pm. Saturdays 10am-5pm. We make it easier to pop in after work, and are happy to accommodate you beyond these hours, if you give us a ring first! 203-245-9056 Continue Reading

Promethea Pottery

Promethea Pottery

The Audubon Shop is pleased to offer the nature-inspired artwork of Betsy Himmelman. Betsy’s Promethea Pottery Raku pots are thrown in her studio, fired in her backyard, and burnished with local leaves, metals and natural items, right here in CT. Each piece is one of a kind due to the unique firing method and materials… Continue Reading

What to do when your hummingbirds leave…

What to do when your hummingbirds leave…

Hummers leaving? Yes, we’ll miss them too, but here’s a great thought – use your Window Glass Hanger for a peanut feeder! If you’ve been in the shop this summer, you will have seen our active hummingbird feeder hanging on our back picture window by a two-suction-cup hanger, called the Window Glass Hanger. We have… Continue Reading

Connecticut's Original Birding Store
The Best Shop for Birders in the Northeast

The Audubon Shop

The Best Shop for Birders in the Northeast, located in Madison, CT