Donít Forget to Feed the Hummingbirds
Putting out hummingbird feeders is more critical than ever this year. The extreme drought that is affecting much of the southwest, where migrating birds concentrate, will create enormous hardship, since natural sources of nectar will probably be few and far between.
The Ruby Throated hummingbird, for example, must gain up to 40% of their body weight to make it across their main migration route, the non-stop 300 - 400 mile Gulf of Mexico, before landing in Mexico. With the Texas drought, I don't know if they will have enough nectar sources to gain that much weight. Therefore, supplemental feeding is critical. Also, research has proven that putting up feeders will not prevent migration.
Fall migration is in full swing, I have 3 feeders out now and going to 5 soon.
- 4 to 1 water to sugar, dissolve with hot water.
- No red dyes.
- Change water every 2-3 days to prevent spoilage.
- Shaded location preferred.
- Keep feeders in various locations, as far apart as possible, to minimize fighting and one bird guarding them all.
Hummingbird migration is happening or will soon be happening all across the US (usually in late August through September, sometimes later). Most of the hummers will migrate to areas in Mexico. A few, such as the Anna, are US residents year round.
East of the Rockies, you will primarily see the Ruby Throated hummingbird. West of the Rockies, you may see Black Throated, Broad-tailed, Broad-billed, Calliope, Rufous, Allen, and Costaís, plus even more if you live in Arizona.
This information is courtesy of Forum moderator Tony Manasseri.
Click on this link for a more comprehensive list of helpful plants: Hummingbird Attracting Plants
Also learn more at these links in the Dirt Doctor Library: Hummingbird Slide Show, Hummingbird Birth, Hummingbird Fly Zone, Hummingbird Rescue, Hummingbird Migration
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