Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nectar Recipe and Hummingbird Migration

This is a little friend I rescued last summer.  Remember all of our garage visitors?  Snakes and toads, oh my!

The first 2011 hummingbird sighting in our state was reported yesterday.  Time to get the feeders out!  If you don't remember how to make your own nectar, here is the recipe I use:

  • Boil 2 cups of water for a few minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Let it cool and fill the feeder.
      Basically: 4 parts water / 1 part sugar

Check out this neat site for migration maps or become a citizen scientist!

Which kind of hummingbird is in your area?  We only see Ruby-throated  here.


SpringShowers said...

Awww, that's so cute!! We haven't seen any yet, but we also have Ruby-throated! Usually there is a male and his mate hanging around our gardens. Every year I try to get pictures of them, with no success. Haha ^_^

Kaylen said...

Keep trying for those pictures :) I'd love to see them!

Andy and Deb said...

According to your link ours are Ruby Throated too. No chance of seeing one quite yet..

Taylor Lynn said...

Ruby Throated here, like Jordan said. That is so cute! It reminds me of when we rescued a robin chick and raised it... that was a few years ago. And I loved it! (Except for having to cut the worms because they were too big. EEK! I let the girls and Mom do that part!)

Kaylen said...

EEK on the worms in right! :) Deb...I bet your hummingbird season is pretty short ;)