Jump to content
Whatbird Community
MeInDallas

Hummingbird Feeders Spring 2019

Recommended Posts

So spring is weeks away, and it's coming on really fast here in the Dallas area. I'll have to mow my grass (weeds) this week for the first time in my backyard. I looked on the calendar, and last year I put my first feeder out on March 13th. I learned a big lesson about using sugar water vs the bottle of red mess you buy in the store. My opinion is sugar water works much better and is cheaper.

I'm curious, when will you be putting your hummingbird feeder(s) out, or are you able to feed year round? I wish I could get them year round, but I do have a lot because of the migration thru Texas. If you have been feeding them a long time, do you have more and more over the years?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We normally put our feeders out the first week of April. I am in Kaufman County east of Dallas. We have always used sugar water too. The color red has no affect on them finding or coming to the feeders, which I guess you already know. I don't know that I can say whether we get more and more each year. I think it has more to do with the population, time on migration and amount of feeders you have out. The more feeders you have, the more birds you have.

I wish we have more variety of hummers in our area. I get ruby's all day long, but the only other we have a chance to see is Black-chinned. Sibley's does say there is a rare chance to see Broad-Tailed and Rufous, but I'm not holding my breath. lol

 

Good luck this year!! 👍

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in central SC.  I usually put my feeders out in mid- to late March.  I don't fill the feeder for the first month or so, since there aren't enough birds here yet to eat it all before it goes bad.

For those who may find this discussion and don't know, you can make your own hummie food and save a lot of money over the stuff in the stores.  Just boil 1/4 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water (or other portions of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water).  Use only sugar; no food coloring and no honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses, artificial sweeteners, or anything else.  Just sugar and water.

I bought a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup exclusively for hummie food.  I measure 1/2 cup of sugar and then fill the measuring cup to the 1.5 cup mark.  (Yes, I know that's not enough water; stay with me).  After I nuke the mix for 3 minutes, I add enough ice cubes to fill to the 2 cup mark.  The ice helps cool the mixture down so I don't have to wait for it to cool before I put it in the feeders.  Since I'm not using it all at once, I can stretch plastic wrap over it and refrigerate what's left.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First week in May here in Northern Vermont.

The current year's calendar hasn't started yet, but I use this map to watch them approach from the south.  As of right now it still shows last year's sightings, but as they start to be reported this year a new map will appear.

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here in Georgia, there are reports of a few stray hummingbirds already, although I probably won't put mine out for a few more weeks.

I've read a lot about the red dye, and there is thinking out there that it may be harming the birds, so I don't take the risk. Homemade is so much cheaper, anyway.

 

Edited by meghann
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They arrive in cental alabama on the third week of March every year. I watch them on the hummingbird tracker website too. I had a few more in 2018 than I did in 2017. They babies that are born around the feeders come back so if you feed every year you should theoretically see more and more every passing year. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×