How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

The hummingbirds at Fish Creek Estes Vacation Home in Estes Park, Colorado, are very happy to visit if you provide them with nectar, which is easy to make even if you’re only three years old. Just find an adult and a saucepan, add 1 part sugar to the pan and 4 parts water. Heat it for a few minutes, and stir it until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool.

If you’re going to be there for a week, you might want to use 1/2 c sugar and 4/2 c sugar (do the math… 4 half-cups of sugar equals 2 cups!) and put the extra in a jar because you will need to fill the feeder more than once.


Wait patiently while it’s cooling. Sing Mr. Rogers’ (or Daniel Tiger’s) song if you want to. “Let’s think of something to do while we’re waiting, while we’re waiting…” Maybe you could check to¬†see if there are any elk behind the house yet (they usually appear late afternoon or early evening). You could also check on the golfers or get the binoculars and look at the mountains and clouds. (The binoculars¬†are there for the guests to use, but be sure to put the lens caps back on after you use them, and then put them away in the case and back on the table under the map of Rocky Mountain National Park for the next person to use.)


When the nectar is cooled down enough, the adult can help you fill the feeder and you can put it back up and wait a few minutes… eventually one hummingbird will show up, and then more will come! Sometimes if you’re really lucky you’ll see a whole bunch! (Check out this nice video of hummingbirds visiting after the feeder was filled).