We recently moved (not far – still only about three miles from the beach), and we have hummingbirds at our new place.  They are so much fun to watch!

I do wish that they would be a little nicer and share a little bit better.  Today I watched two of them attack each other – then a third just came right on in and had some dinner!  As you can see, there is plenty of room for them all to share if they wanted to.  It’s amazing how fast they can zoom around.

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The house came with a feeder, but it kept getting ants.  I found a great device that keeps those little buggers out.

A simple concept – a small cup of water that hooks before the feeder.  It creates a moat between the feeder and the chain, so the ants can’t get through.  I love this solution since it doesn’t require chemicals!

I also found a great recipe for homemade hummingbird solution. 

Bring 2 cups water to a boil

Add 1/2 cup white sugar

Stir until sugar is dissolved – it doesn’t take long!

Continue at a low boil for two minutes

Remove from heat, let cool completely.

Pour into feeders and enjoy watching the hummingbirds!

You can make this a little sweeter at the beginning and end of the season – in the beginning to attract them and at the end to energize them for their migration.  We also have a ton of hummingbird friendly plants around the yard as well.