I've come to realize that the first part of May is when the hummingbirds return for the summer. They hover and look in my kitchen window as if to say "I'm back, where's the feeder". I hadn't seen any yet this year, but last week I made some nectar and hung the feeder out my kitchen window, and as I was doing so I noticed a ruby throated hummingbird patiently waiting on a nearby tree branch.
My Nectar Recipe is as follows:
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 cups water
Boil for 2 minutes in saucepan on stovetop. Cool.
You may refrigerate extra until you need to refill the feeder.
Dying the nectar is NOT necessary. Hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the color red and most feeders are red I assume for this reason. But I know of no health benefits for the birds to ingest food dyes.
It's such a treat to see two or three buzzing about my feeder.
I recently was directed to this site and just had to share it with you.
Hope you enjoy!