Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hummingbirds - in Quilts, in Counted Cross Stitch, and at the Feeder

Whirlwind Quilt Block
 
Hummingbird Quilt Block
 
Oh, hummingbirds,
 
 
how we've missed you!
 
 
It is so good to hear your buzz and
see you at the feeder again!
 
"The Broad-Tailed Hummingbird is the classic hummingbird of the Colorado high country, arriving in late April and early May, then departing the state by late September.  While all hummingbirds make a whirring sound with their wings, only the male broadtail produces that distinctive buzz-bomb whine.  Special tapered feathers at the tips of the wings create slots through which wind whistles when the bird flies, making that familiar trilling." from a wonderful book, The Guide to Colorado Birds by Mary Taylor Gray, photography by Herbert Clarke

Hummingbird Feeding Nectar
1 quart tap water (distilled water removes too many naturally-occurring minerals)
1 cup sugar
(Red food coloring should NOT be added.)

1.  Boil the sugar and water together to reduce the chance of bacteria and mold. 
2.  Allow to cool before pouring into the feeder.  Only fill your feeder with enough sugar water to last, at the most, two or three days. 

The mixture can be made ahead of time and stored for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Always discard any sugar solution in the feeder that has turned cloudy or contains black mold.

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8 comments:

  1. Love those hummingbirds! Looks great in your blocks and cross stitch! I love seeing them!

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  2. Japan has so may flowers that those hummingbirds might love, but sadly, no hummers.

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  3. It is all so lovely Susan, the blocks , your crossstitch and the real hummingbird at the feeder.
    Thanks for the wonderful entry.
    Hugs
    Nan


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  4. I love hummingbirds! They were regular visitors to the gardens at our old house.

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  5. I bought a hummingbird feeder a few years ago. Filled it with the nectar, but, we didn't get any hummingbirds that year. We'd gotten them before that, when I didn't have a feeder. Hope I didn't scare them away.

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  6. I know spring is here when I see the hummingbirds! My mom loved hummingbirds, and I have a stained glass one that belonged to her. Now I enjoy the sight of the hummingbird year-round! The quilt blocks are awesome!

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  7. Lovely quilt blocks! Is there any chance you can share the details of the hummingbird print in the whirlwind block? I'm trying to find some in green, but I don't know what to search for.

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  8. Lovely quilt blocks! Is there any chance you can share the details of the hummingbird print in the whirlwind block? I'm trying to find some in green, but I don't know what to search for.

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