It’s hummer time again

We put our hummingbird feeders up again and immediately received many visitors. The heat is hard on them, too. I noticed this morning one flying back and forth through the mister we have set up by the bird bath. Misters are great to use in this kind of weather as they use very little water, but they cool the air around them considerably. The birds will fly through them, or just sit under them. When it is this hot, it is also a good idea to change the nectar every day. The heat will ferment it fast and it does not help the hummers much if the nectar is making them sick. Wash the feeder out with hot water. While one should avoid any kind of detergent, a vinegar/water solution will work. Rinse the feeder well. Never buy the pre-made nectar or the mixes. Most of them contain dyes and chemicals that are harmful to hummers. Use a good fair trade sugar (the Wholesome brand is also vegan). 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water is all you need. Let it cool a bit, stick it in the fridge, and it will be good for about a week.

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Hummingbird migration

Some have believed that feeding hummingbirds will stop their necessary migration. There is no scientific evidence of this. With the long journey ahead, they can definitely use the extra fuel. Of course, the bonus is what a delight they are to watch. While they sometimes seem to compete pretty aggressively for the feeders, I looked out yesterday right before dawn and there was a hummer sitting at every spot for a total of seven.  It would be wonderful if they did this when I was actually sitting out there, but no such luck. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Hummer nectar

Oops! I posted yesterday that hummer nectar is 1/4 sugar to two cups water. It is 1/4 cup sugar to one cup water. I generally make two cups at a time because that will last about a week and it’s not good to keep the nectar around much longer than that. Keep it in the fridge. A well-kept hummer feeder will bring more hummers. Many are migrating right now. The adult males usually migrate first and we want them to have plenty of fuel for their long journey.

 

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Welcome hummers!

It’s very good to see hummingbirds again. We’ve had a variety of ruby-throats at the feeder lately. Remember, when keeping feeders, clean them regularly. In this heat, change the nectar every two or three days. Do not use the colored nectar or premixed nectar. Make your own: 1/4 cup of good sugar to one cup boiling water. Let it cool and that is all there is to it. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Male, ruby-throated hummingbird

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Juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird

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It’s hummer time

I couldn’t resist the pun. As the hummingbirds prepare for their long journey across the gulf, we decided to do what we can this year to help out and provide a little extra fuel. It was less than an hour after putting out the feeder that they started showing up and there has been a steady stream of activity for over a week now. Maybe it’s the fair trade organic sugar nectar? Click on pictures to enlarge.

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