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Carbohydrate Addiction & Hummingbird Water

July 21, 2011

Downy woodpecker 3

Since when do woodpeckers sip sugar water! DH had to hang a suet feeder to lure the baby Downy Woodpeckers & the knock-on-the-window Red-bellied Woodpecker away from the three Hummingbird feeders we have around the yard.

Ruby throated hummingbird glamor

Hummingbird Water

In early May I use a 1:1 ratio for the high energy needs of the little birds as they migrate. This time of year I reduce the ratio to 4:1, 4 cups of water to 1 cup of sugar.



  1. Heat water in microwave until hot but not boiling.
  2. Stir sugar into water until the sugar melts & water clears.
  3. Pour into feeders, then hang in a place where hummingbirds will find them.

Do not place the feeders too close together – these flying jewels are aggressive, bumping chests & squeaking. They eat in peace if they don’t feel they have to guard their territory.

Do not use honey, Jell-O or brown sugar & especially do not use artificial sweeteners – it will kill them! They burn tremendous amounts of energy for their size & need real sugar. Red food coloring is not needed either, just hang above red flowering plants in your garden or tie a red ribbon to the feeder stand.


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