Aztec warriors believed that if they died in battle, they would be reincarnated as hummingbirds. Only Aztec royalty and
religious leaders were allowed to wear hummingbird feathers. The Aztec’s would decorate their kings with cloaks made entirely of hummingbird skins.

One of these cloaks found its way to Rome and was given as a gift to the Pope. Soon after, there was a large market in Europe for hummingbird skins causing hundreds of thousands of hummingbirds to be killed across South America. These skins were shipped across Europe where they were purchased to make artificial flower, ornaments, dust catchers, and the feathers were used in decorations and jewelry.

Several of our four-legged friends and even some with two-legs visit us often as hummingbirds, after the end of the sporting road, at least that is how we like to remember them, coming year after year to our hummingbird feeders.  Our daughter likes to tell her friends at school this story and few believe her, as they haven’t been on the Sporting Road long enough to witness this happenstance.

It’s very hard to lose a good friend, but it sometimes makes room in  your heart for new ones.  We hope this is the purpose of this lesson in life.

Nobody loves change, but part of life is learning to let things go.  We salute our friends who are at the End of the Sporting Road and who come to visit us again and again each summer.  In fact, they have their same names and we say hello to each of them when they come to visit us from time to time.

Hummingbird Nectar Mixture
The proper nectar mixture for hummingbirds is 1 (one) part white table sugar to 4 (four) parts water. The nectar recipe is engraved on the underside of the cover of every HummZinger feeder.

Pour 4 cups of water into a pan and bring to a boil (boiling helps slow bacterial growth). Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of white table sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow the sugar solution to cool before filling your HummZinger. Extra nectar should be stored in your refrigerator.

Do not use a sweeter mixture – this will harm the hummingbirds.
Do not substitute honey for sugar as it will promote fungal growth.
Do not add any dye or coloring to the mixture, it is not necessary.