Got Sugar Water?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the feeders were cluttered with hummingbirds [link] and occasionally some of the Baltimore Orioles would show their beauty. Well, they've pretty well left the area. It's been about a week now that there has been any Oriole activity in our yard. But, when they WERE here, I took photos of them - through the glass patio doors. They, too, like the sugar water mixture I make. By the way, someone a while back asked me what I use in the feeder. I don't use any artificial colored hummingbird mixture that you buy already prepared. The red food dye is something that scares me for the use with wildlife. So, I make my own ---and it's easy. If you have a feeder like I do, use a 2 cup measuring container. Always mix the ratio of 1 to 4 parts. By that, I mean: 1 part sugar and 4 parts water. [1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water or for me and the larger feeder - 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups water]. The birds go absolutely berserk with it. And it has attracted dozens of hummingbirds at once....

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I finished all the posts for my Genealogy. Yesterday was the last of the Pedigree files!! I still have one to go, but I'm waiting for help from the great state of Maryland....a genealogist in the historical society there is doing some microfilm research for me to find the Irish Immigrant ancestor...the first settler from Ireland in America. When I get proof positive on the names of that generation [mid 1700s], it'll be totally complete. I'm gonna give myself a few days away from that kinda work and concentrate on stopping by to visit my bloggin' buds!!!


  1. What beautiful colorful birds. And your photo's are the best.
    Have a nice day

  2. I wish I had your skills for attracting birds. I get mostly sparrows.

  3. The orioles are so pretty!
    You've done so well on that geneology project - it has to feel good!

  4. Beautiful bird, I love your header too.

  5. Well, what a lot of work you have done! Your family will be so blessed with the finished product. It was good to see you this morning over at my place.

    I didn't know orioles would dine at the hummingbird restaurant - great shots. I have bird pictures from elementary school in my old old scrap book that we colored in their proper plumage - and my favorite was the Baltimore oriole. I have never seen one IRL.

    Have a great day! If you have time someday, come back and see what the girls and Dwight have been up to, on the previous post.

  6. How can I not love this bird...being a born n raised girl from Baltimore Md. I would be thrilled if one came to my Hummer feeders. I am on the same page as you about the recipe for the hummers. Seems the stuff with the red dye is really bad for them. !
    Sounds like your coming down the home stretch with you project, now you can sit back an relax!

  7. Baltimore orioles are brilliant birds--and these are some brilliant shots! Thanks for sharing!


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    Water swirling down the drain;
    Water clinging to the trees,
    Water filling up the seas;
    Water frozen, water free,
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  8. Good Morning, Anni
    Thanks for your visit and your comment. I love the Oriole. I've only seen one in my life and that was on a vacation to Colorado. I can't remember if I saw it in Texas or Colorado but I remember it was on that trip and we had stopped at a park.
    I wanted to tell you that I appreciate the fact that you have no word variation on comments. I really wish everyone would do that. I hate having to wait for that little box to come up before I can move on.
    Hope you have cooler and wetter days ahead.
    Mama Bear

  9. Beautiful shots! I like the way the red from the feeder reflects on the bird's breast

  10. Yay for nearly being finished on your very large project!! You must be very proud of yourself.

    I don't use artifical hummingbird food either.....but have I bought a lot of sugar this year. I'd love to see an Oriole in my yard...I know they are in NC just not in my yard!!LOL
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  11. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    I really enjoy your post.Your photos are always a thing of beauty.
    I don't think I have seen an oriole around these parts.
    PS Yes I am a big red fan Plus an Illinois fan as I grew up there.

  12. What a beautiful bird!
    And lovely shots!

  13. I had a butterfly eating sugar water a couple of days ago!

  14. Our Orioles have left us. They have a wonderful song though.

    That is so cool about your genealogy. After my mother passed I found a family tree she had been working on (while she was still of mind). It was one of those priceless finds.

    Take care Hootin!

  15. Hi Anni,

    I've enjoyed reading all of your posts on this page; I didn't realize that I'd been away to miss them. Your bird pictures are stunning. I guess that I haven't seen an Oriole before, or if I did I didn't know that name.

    Congrats on getting everything all done! It may be easier and cheaper to do it the Kinko's way, and will be just as you want it. Since it will be going to family members, they will be thrilled in any form your book takes. I'll find the self-publishing resources that I have researched and will give you the names soon; maybe they are different than the ones you know about.

    Yeah for the Yankees! I am so excited to watch Boston and the Rays play on Thursday to see who will be in the play-offs. I love both of those teams, and it will be great to watch either one play NY.

    Have a great week, and thank you so much for your lovely comment. I wasn't sure if that post was going to be well received.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  16. Very good photos of this beautiful bird.
    I am very glad for your project.

    Regards and best wishes

  17. Very beautiful Oriole Pics !

  18. Oh that is so gorgeous! Love your shots Anni!

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  19. The Baltimore Orioles were pretty elusive to me this year but I spotted them last summer. Next year I would prepare their nectar for them so I could take a good shot too. Nice shot here Anni thanks for sharing.

    Watery Wednesday

  20. I always have to smile when I see your fall header. The oriole photos are wonderful, I love the way the light is on them. I have never heard of bigger birds coming to a hummingbird feeder like this. So your sugar water is clear? I guess the color of the feeder itself draws them then.

  21. That is a pretty bird drinking water...Happy WW!

  22. Anonymous9/28/2011

    Have missed your blog. This is Denise

  23. Anni, The Oriole photos are marvelous. Thank you for sharing them.

    I would love to find out who my ancestors were but no time right now. Moving day is Monday.

    Take care and thanks for stopping by the Writing Nook


  24. Such a beautiful bird! Love the photo...
    (Just hope the Baltimore Orioles (baseball)lose tonight. Go Rays!)

  25. I love the picture of that bird! What a great shot those turned out to be. That family tree sounds like it has some deep roots. Congrats on your accomplishment.

  26. these bird pics look amazing :)

  27. I missed the orioles when they flew through in spring, never seen the fall ones. I may have a hummy or 2 still lingering, they all will be gone soon. esp with all this soggy cold rain. we did have a dry summer, funny how nature doesn't cooperate with your garden or farm! your pics through patio glass are so much clearer (& prettier!) than my wavy etched patio glass.
    ~Faythe @~GMT~

  28. Oh my goodness, Orioles really did like your feeder. I've never had anything but hummers at mine. He is a beauty.

    You deserve a break after all that work, congrats on getting it finished.

  29. What a pretty bird! You are lucky to have Orioles in your backyard. beautiful photos.

  30. Great captures! What a beautiful bird!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Have a nice and happy weekend****


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