Whip up some special food for these special birds with this Hummingbird Feeder.
What You'll Need:
- Plastic bottle
- Craft glue
- Decorative flowers
Hummingbirds can hover, fly backwards, and even fly upside down. They flap their wings up to 78 times per second. All that flapping burns up the calories, so hummingbirds have to eat half their weight in food every day. Of course, some only weigh about one-tenth of an ounce.
It should come as no surprise that hummingbirds don't eat the same things as other birds. They need high-energy foods, and one of their favorite foods is nectar collected from red flowers. They also love sugar syrup.
Here's how to make a hummingbird feeder:
Step 1: Wash a large, clear plastic soda bottle and remove the label.
Step 2: About one-fourth of the way from the bottom of the bottle, cut a square hole that is about one inch on each side. Make a crease in the front of the bottle, just above the hole.
Step 3: With an adult's help, boil 1/2 cup of sugar and two cups of water to make a syrup. Let the syrup cool.
Step 4: Use your finger to cover the hole in the bottle, and pour in the syrup. Put the lid on the bottle.
Step 5: Glue red plastic flowers on the bottle, especially near the hole.
Step 6: Tie a string around the top of the bottle, and use it to hang the feeder.
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