The show begins, and I need more sugar.

Last Monday the dollar store was completely out of it.

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11 Responses to The show begins, and I need more sugar.

  1. Waepnedmann says:

    A few years ago we made the hummingbird feeder mistake.
    They are a joy to watch, but you do not dare run out of syrup if you do not want to be aggressively reminded that you are not to run out of syrup. It can be dangerous!
    One mooch stayed on and wintered in the mulberry tree. He did not get the memo “…goin’ where the weather suits my clothes.”

    Is there a parallel between EBT card holders and hummingbirds who rely on others for extended periods of time for their sustenance? Me thinkist so.
    Lessons learned?
    Can hummingbirds vote?

    You started it. Now they are your responsibility.
    Wear a hat if you run out syrup.

  2. Joel says:

    Hummingbirds are a solid reason not to wear a red hat. 🙂

  3. DaveS says:

    1/4 cup of white sugar to 1 cup of water. No reason to ever run out of syrup. It does NOT need to be red as long as there’s some red on the feeder. Been doing it this way for more than 15 years.

  4. Kentucky says:

    Um . . . he’s out of sugar.

  5. Joel says:

    I’m not *out* of sugar yet. I’m down to less than half a bucket.

    But yeah, I do know how to make hummingbird nectar.

  6. Mark Matis says:

    Works even better if ya put a little rum in it…

  7. Zelda says:

    Waepnedmann, if hummingbirds live in or migrate through your area why not plant things that will be flowering that provide natural food for hummingbirds and cut your sugar syrup demands down to emergency rations? I think even Joel could do that. Hummingbirds seem to enjoy Mojave Sage flowers and there are other flowering plants that would survive Joels care and climate. Hummingbirds do lose some entertainment value if feeding naturally because they are more difficult to see, but they are more self-sufficient, self-reliant and less likely to need EBT cards. They might even be more sensitive to time-to-go environmental signals in the fall.

  8. Joel says:

    Sure, the hummingbirds are here whether I feed them or not – they don’t need me. The feeder is easier for them but it’s hardly the only source of nectar. If it weren’t so they wouldn’t be so common here in the summer. They don’t really need me – I just decided to attract them to the porch.

  9. Cederq says:

    I enjoy hummingbirds irascible aggressiveness. I put up feeders here and have hours to watch them feed and chase other birds away.

  10. Robert says:

    “even better if ya put a little rum in it…”
    Then you have to shoo away the drunks who discover the feeder.

  11. Waepnedmann says:

    We have a plenitude of flowers during the season for them.
    From late fall to spring nothing blooms.
    The little guys feed on what we have in the late spring and summer as they migrate through, but that one cutie liked it here so well that he wintered over. It had to have been a miserable time for it when it was 17 degrees with no shelter.
    We decided to cut off the feeding to encourage them to migrate south in their normal pattern, so that they do not make the mistake and get stranded for the winter.

To the stake with the heretic!