We formulated our nectar with “All Natural” plant sugars that
And then we sought out the best, made in USA, functional and proven feeders.
Our clear nectar simulates the natural nectar of nature’s flowers as well as, if not better than, any other nectar available and is more cost effective than any nectar on the market.
Different species of flowers produce different sugars. After much research we have formulated our nectar into a precise blend of those sugars.
Like nature’s nectar, Hummingbird Market nectar is a formula featuring a blend of sucrose, d-glucose and d-fructose. And, without the inclusion of any potentially harmful additives such as preservatives, stabilizers, enhancers, or coloring. Once ingested, the hummingbird transforms this complex formula into their ideal sugar – glucose! This in turn is digested and absorbed as 100% energy, giving the birds an equal return on energy expended. Other commercial nectars and homemade solutions may only deliver less of a hummingbirds required energy needs, leaving them energy deficient.
We recommend using a recipe of four (4) parts warm tap water to one (1) part nectar for optimal results. Our nectar satisfies a hummers search for sweetness as our ingredients are sweeter than table sugar. Humans erroneously believe more conentrated is sweeter this is certainly not always true in nature---it is the ingredients.
Our long-time customers are extremely loyal to our nectar, as their testimonials demonstrate. Your hummingbird's loyalty to our nectar will soon become evident to you, too. Hummingbird Market nectar enables your hummingbirds to not just simply survive, but thrive!
We are very pleased to announce we now have in stock the authentic reproduction of the first feeder designed by man to feed hummingbirds, the Webster feeder.
Originally designed in 1928 for his disabled wife to enjoy watching hummingbirds, Mr. Webster had the feeder made to his specifications by the chemistry and physics glass blowing lab at M.I.T.
The Webster’s maintained glorious estates near Cambridge, MA and a summer retreat on a New Hampshire lake. He had a large staff of gardeners to maintain several acres of flower gardens at each location. They let the general public stroll the grounds at no charge after church each Sunday for a few hours. As they had some of the largest flower gardens in all of New England, they also attracted large numbers of Ruby-throated hummingbirds each season. Their properties became known as the best locations in that region to observe hummingbirds.
A hummingbird's hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning, is up to five times bigger than the hippocampus of other birds, according to a study from The Royal Society. The result is that the birds remember which flowers they've visited, their locations and when they'll have nectar again. Given that they can visit a thousand or more flowers a day and can fly 500 miles before resting, pretty amazing.
Aspects HighView™ Mini feeder in our backyard / Catalina Foothills/ Tucson, AZ
I currently have thirteen feeders spread throughout the yard and backwoods. The birds all have their favorite feeders and locations.
This is a temporary HummerCam while I adjust USB cabling and try different web camera resolutions.
Gradually I plan to remove some feeders to draw the birds to the feeder by the webcam.
The best viewing time is early in the morning and evening.
You may see an occassional Mason bee seeking residual nectar left by hummers.
Do you know what is in
your hummingbird nectar?
Most folks don’t. They assume that what they are buying is safe and nutritious. They may not realize that most of the additives added to many commercial nectars are potentially harmful – especially with repeated use over time. Or, that many commercial nectars are just plain, ordinary sucrose (white table sugar) sold in a colorful package, with a picture of a beautiful hummingbird, and labeled “hummingbird food".
Don’t be misled. Nectar is not food. Think of it as fuel or energy that hummers need throughout their day. Think of your hummingbird feeder as their gas station. Without that fuel, they wouldn’t be able do all that they need to do and go where they need to go. The copious amounts of insects they feed on each day provides the majority of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, animal proteins, and other trace elements their daily diet requires.
Our nectar complements their natural diets. Sure, you can continue to use the refined table sugar/ sucrose recipe, but don’t the hummingbirds deserve something better? Something healthier?
Providing commercial nectars or simple sugar solutions for hummingbirds is like feeding yourself and your family a daily diet from your local, convenient fast food franchise. You know you and your family benefit from eating a more complex, balanced, nutritious diet - and your hummers deserve better, too. We all strive to provide the best for ourselves and our families. We should do the same for the hummingbirds we attract, feed, and enjoy – without the possibility of causing harm! Feeding your hummingbirds is indeed laudable, fun and educational but feeding them incorrectly is worse than not feeding them at all!
We Support Bird Friendly
More than half of the species of hummingbirds live in the tropics. Even our favorite backyard species migrate to the tropics, where they spend the greatest portion of the year. In the tropics, hummingbirds often move up and down mountains and between arid and moist habitats to keep up with where the trees and shrubs are flowering.
Coffee is often grown halfway up tropical mountains, the cross-roads for the myriad species moving to find flowers. When grown under a diverse canopy of shade trees, coffee plants, the trees that shade them, and the plants that grow on the trees provide a diverse smorgasbord of flower resources.
It is no wonder that shaded coffee farms can support impressive numbers of hummingbird species. In one coffee-growing region in Peru, Smithsonian Migratory Bird scientists recorded 24 species over the course of a year. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are abundant in coffee farms in Mexico and Central America during their stay in the tropics.
Our Made in USA Policy
• Place feeders in shade whenever possible.
• UV stable polycarbonate is the highest recommended material for feeders that are in direct sun. Most manufacturers of such feeders offer lifetime guarantees on their products.
• Change nectar often to prevent fermentation and mold or bacteria build-up. Twice a week is highly recommended in general. Particular circumstances, such as extremely hot or cold daily temperatures, may determine a longer or shorter “freshness time” for nectar. Fermented nectar (left out too long) is giving your hummingbirds a license to fly drunk. Avoid this happening by keeping a regular schedule for cleaning and refilling.
• Avoid using soaps. Some people use bleach, or vinegar when cleaning feeders between refills. Using hot water and a brush/ sponge will leave no residues.
• Never use red food coloring.
• Avoid additives. Keep it pure and simple.
• Never use honey, organic sugar, cane or agave syrup, or brown sugar. These sweeteners contain many natural elements that may be safe for humans but may be harmful to hummers. They contain too much iron, calcium, etc.
• Hummingbirds do not suck nectar. Their tongues lick up nectar at a high rate of speed – 13-20 times per second!
• Boiling water (not nectar) for making nectar is good for several reasons. It eliminates chlorine and any potentially harmful bacteria/ microbes, and retards fermentation by at least 24 hours. Allow to cool before adding nectar.
• Avoid distilled and purified bottle waters.
• It is believed that hummingbirds have an internal navigation system akin to a GPS system. They will always return to favorite feeders that have the best nectar for them.
• Most feeders have the color red incorporated into their manufacture. For feeders that lack enough color, try tying a red ribbon to the feeder or paint some red nail polish around the food ports. Once they find it for the first time, their little GPS system will effectively enable them to return to the same exact location time after time.
• There are many feeders on the market – some better than others – in quality and attractiveness to hummingbirds. The least expensive feeders are the ones that most often experience the common problems – leaking, dripping, not bee/ant proof, poor quality of materials, not UV stable, etc.
• Locate feeders near nectar producing flowers, if possible.
• Hummingbirds are very territorial, especially adult males who expend extraordinary energy defending “their” nectar supply. To encourage cooperation and not competition at the feeder, consider placing multiple feeders out of sight of each other and you may be rewarded with adult females and juveniles sharing a feeder.
• Hang multiple feeders at different heights above ground level to attract more hummers. Some hummers prefer low and Rufous prefer a higher vantage point.
• At nesting time a reliable source of nectar will encourage momma hummingbird to nest nearby. Thus, reducing travel time from feeder to nest. And perhaps facilitating another brood. Then you'll have adults, first brood and then second brood.
Purchase in Confidence
A quick comparison of nectars.
The good, the bad and the ugly
Not all nectars are created equal nor are all accepted by the birds. But most important---not all nectars are healthy for the birds.
Please only feed your hummers the purest nectar.
Don't Forget About Your Orioles
There are many different types of orioles that annually visit the United States and while their ranges are vastly different, their feeding preferences are very similar.
You can attract Northern, Bullock's, Baltimore, Hooded, Orchard, Scott's and more.
Your orioles love nectar also.
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We ship with the United States Post Office because they provide you the lowest cost and really fast delivery, in most cases 2-3 days. You receive the best shipping deal if you purchase more than one feeder at a time because additional feeders and/or nectar add only a small amount to the initial shipping charge.
Customer Service/ Our Warranty
We cannot predict the acceptance of all hummingbirds. There are too many human and hummingbird variables.
Because all our feeders and nectar have been extensively field tested throughout the entire Americas, we know they work. We want all our customers to be happy hummingbirders, but you can opt to return your feeders or nectar should you so desire. Please visit our Customer Service page for additional details.
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