One simple way to invite more nature into your habitat is to install Hummingbird feeders. We have several outside my house. Hummingbirds are very territorial so to attract many of them it may be necessary to offer more than one feeder.

Nectar is what you add to the feeder and it is very easy to make. All you need is some granulated white sugar (NOT organic raw). The solution is 1/4 sugar per 1 cup of water. It is important to completely dissolve the sugar. We slightly warm (not boil) our nectar to help dissolve it. Also, it is important that you do not add red dye to the nectar because it is hazardous to the health of the birds.

Because Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, we use feeders that are decorated with this color. As you will see in the video, we also use test tube feeders. To prevent ants from invading our feeders, we use the ones with built-in moats (you may also buy decorative moats separately to hang feeders from). Inside the moat you add water.

Hummingbirds are not our only visitors. We also have some Finches and the Verdin bird, which we affectionately call the Verdie bird. They are a small yellow capped desert bird - they look like a Finch but are slightly smaller. They are very social birds.

Below we took some pics and video of the Verdie bird enjoying our feeders. Enjoy!