Hummingbird Buffet on Big Rock Candy Mountain


We have so many hummingbirds at our house on Big Rock Candy Mountain that we set out two feeders this year. If we don’t get the feeders out soon enough, the hummingbirds hang in front of the bedroom window to get out attention, or they buzz by our heads when we’re on the porch: just to let us know we’ve neglected to fill the buffet.

And they’re so tame that we can sit out on the porch working, reading, listening to music, and they buzz by us as we’re sitting there. It’s delightful.

Here’s a video of The hummingbird Buffet on Big Rock Candy Mountain. If you turn the volume up on your computer or other device, you can hear the huge range of delightful noises they make, as well as the “humming” of their wings.

Big Candy Rock Mountain Hummingbird Nectar

1 C sugar
4 C water

Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. If you use boiling water, the sugar will dissolve more quickly, with less stirring, but you must let it cool completely before putting it in feeders. Pour into hummingbird feeders. Serve. (store extra in refrigerator. We have so many hummingbirds — up to 13 at a time eating — that we have to fill both feeders every day.)

And because so many people ask where “Big Rock Candy Mountain” is — next to the “lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,” I’ve included this version of the Depression-era American folk-song — made popular by Burl Ives — from the Cohen Brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou, sung by Harry McClintock (complete with lyrics). (Unfortunately, Burl died before the popularity of YouTube, so there are no videos of his classic take on this wonderful song.)



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