Date: 8/1/22 3:48 pm
From: Marge Lumpe <margelumpe...>
Subject: Re: No sighting: Question about purchased hummingbird nectar
Thanks to all.
Marge Lumpe

On Mon, Aug 1, 2022, 11:42 AM Daniel Getman <
<000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> To simplify things, I use bakers sugar, which is just a finer form of
> granulated sugar and which dissolves much more quickly.
>
> To 1 part bakers sugar, I add 3 parts hot water from the tap and stir,
> then add 1 part hot water from the tap which was also warmed in the
> microwave for about 1 minute. Stir and cool in refrigerator.
>
> The bakers sugar dissolved much more easily than bulk sugar.
>
> Works well for me. Dan
>
> Dan Getman
> <daniel.p.getman...>
>
>
> On Aug 1, 2022, at 10:42 AM, Jo Ann Eldridge <joann621...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> Well, that is embarrassing. Looks like my draft went to everyone after an
> accidental key stroke. As I intended to say, thanks to those who responded
> to my question regarding ready to use hummingbird nectar mix. It is
> tempting to make life easier for oneself when the opportunity is available
> and that is what my gift-giver of the mix had in mind for me. I hope it is
> all right with Lanny that I quote his letter as he is well known for his
> expertise on hummingbirds and his words are important to all birders:
>
> From: *Lanny Chambers* <lannychambers...>
> Date: Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 7:37 PM
> Subject: Re: No sighting: Question about purchased hummingbird nectar
> To: Jo Ann Eldridge <joann621...>
>
> Hummingbirds want sucrose from a feeder, period. Just white granulated
> sugar and ordinary tapwater in a 1:4 syrup. No dye, no fruit juice, no
> preservatives, no honey, no brown or brownish sugar. All premixes are a
> ripoff, and potentially unhealthy, no matter what the advertising says. No
> need to boil, as the bacteria that spoil feeder syrup are poked into the
> feeder by the birds themselves--nothing you can do about that. Clean the
> feeder and change the syrup when it starts getting cloudy, which will
> depend on the temperature and the number of visitors, or at the first signs
> of black mold.
>
>
>
> "Just like flowers" is specious, since every flower species' nectar is
> different, the only common ingredients being sucrose and water, plus trace
> amounts of various other chemicals and contamination from insects and
> windborne dirt. Hummers get all their real nutrition, including fats,
> protein, minerals, and amino acids, from the insects and spiders they eat.
> Sucrose is mainly energy to hunt bugs, as well as helpful in building fat
> reserves.
>
> Lanny Chambers Fenton, MO
>
>
>
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