We have several hummingbird feeders hanging in various spots around our motorhome from April until about October... or even longer if we're where the birds are wintering. I don't think any 2 of our feeders are alike, but one thing they all have in common.... the sugar water attracts ants!
I think some of our feeders have a little "ant moat" built in to the top, but those are usually quite small, and the water evaporates really quick.
As I've written before, Bill is very clever about designing and building great stuff.
He made this ant deterrent from an empty soup can... even painted it red when he got done...
It's really easy to make and all the supplies can be bought at Lowe's or Home Depot at very little cost. I suppose if you don't have a drill you could make a hole in the bottom of the can by punching it with a nail... just don't make too big a whole for the washer to cover.
We've not had an ant problem at any of the feeders where we use this. The beauty of it (aside from no ants) is that it holds enough water that you don't have to fill it constantly.
Female Black-chinned Hummingbird
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird
One thing to remember if you have "nectar" out for the hummingbirds is that you should change it often. We're having 100 degree temps here in Texas and it doesn't take long for that sugar water solution to ferment or otherwise go bad. Sure don't want to kill off the little guys by giving them some bad bacteria!
Speaking of 100 degree weather... the hummers aren't the only ones who need something to drink...
This little Chickadee comes quite often to a little hanging water pan near our motorhome.
I'm not sure whether he's swallowing here or just sighing a big sigh of relief for the water....
And... just to add a little color....
The Painted Buntings visit us every day. Here the male is at his favorite feeder. They really seem to go after the millet..... kinda nice, because the cardinals prefer the black oiler sunflower seeds and leave the millet-eaters alone here.
Yesterday it got to 106 degrees... the heat index was 116 degrees... we didn't have much bird activity...
just too darned hot for everyone!
That's All For Today!