Wednesday, May 9, 2012

For the love of birds!

A couple of years ago our family began setting up bird feeders in our yard.  When we started getting beautiful finches, cardinals and chickadees we were elated!  Even at young ages, the girls were able to name about a dozen different birds!

When we started hanging hummingbird feeders, however, our love for birds reached a new level!

At the top of my blog header, you'll find a hummingbird.  It is my favorite animal!  To this day, every time a hummingbird visits our feeders I still stop what I'm doing and stare.

I'll share today how EASY it is to set up these feeders.  It is a project the whole family enjoys!

We have a couple types of feeders.  Our first one was purchased at Walmart for less than $5, it is still going strong although it is harder to clean. Our second feeder was a little more expensive, but comes apart completely to clean.

Our recipe for hummingbird nectar is cheap and easy.  I've seen "syrups" being sold in stores but often times they are colored with dye and are actually harmful to the beautiful birds.

Hummingbird Nectar
1 part granulated white sugar
4 parts water

Heat water to boiling, add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Let cool and fill feeders!

For the two feeders shown above I use 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups water.  If you have extra nectar you can store it in the fridge.  In hot summer months I change the water every 2 days.  Otherwise it is fine for a little longer.

The girls get the sugar and water ready to boil!

Bird watching can be a great unit study for your kids.  Around our house we have bird watching stations at each window where we have cut out pictures of birds they can spot.  We put pictures of the particular bird the feeder attracts (hummingbird, oriole, finch.)  Last year the girls made a bar graph of the types of birds that came to our "common feeder".

Hummingbird season has started in the Western New York area! We just spotted our first one this week!  Once hummingbirds start coming to your feeders they will return every year.  How sweet is that?


  1. Andrea @ No Doubt LearningMay 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    We have bird seed, but haven't put up a hummingbird feeder yet. Great reminder that I should do this! :)

  2. Wow! What a wonderful learning experience for your daughters! I really want to do this with my kiddos! :-) Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. As for my kiddos and their music, Kiddo #1 is taking guitar and Kiddos 2-4 study piano. A local homeschooling family's older children give the lessons.