As Snowmeggedon 2016 fell upon the city of Portland, and I watched from the warmth of my sofa with a lovely cup of coffee, I noticed my poor family of hummingbirds desperately trying to gain some sustenance from the frozen rosemary in my yard.
That got me to thinking, if you can’t feed the birds straight from your hand like a Disney movie….
What is the best way to feed your feathered friends, and more importantly should you?
The answer is mostly a “yes”. It is really difficult, especially when the ground and plants are covered with a layer of ice, for the birds to be able to get enough food to help them create the heat to stay warm. Here is a great article with some easy ways to help out wild birds in your yard.
But back to my sweet family of hummingbirds! I have thoroughly enjoyed watched these little energy dynamos over the past few months, especially on the rosemary bush right outside of my office window. In doing some research, it became apparent that it is really important to help keep them fed especially during cold snaps. The hummingbirds, unlike myself, have a super high metabolism and require lots of continuous nectar to keep their tiny little bodies warm.
To help out, I’ve made a big batch of nectar (1 part cane sugar to 3 parts water, brought just to boiling, then cooled). I put out a hummingbird feeder yesterday and refilled it again this morning. I’m looking forward to many more sightings of my spirit animal through the winter months!