You don't hve to be a hard-core birder to love hummingbirds; I know of very few people who are not captivated by their jewel-like colors and rapid wingbeats. There is only one hummingbird species that is native to the eastern part of the US, although occasionally in the winter there are sightings of other species. The ruby- throated hummingbird is the one that is native to the Greenville, SC area. They arrive here from their wintering grounds in South America about mid March and leave again in mid-October, although I have found them to be already scarce by the end of August. Here is a link to migration maps: http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
They feed on insects as well as flower nectar, which the popular feeders are meant to replicate with their sugar solution. You can attract them to your yard as well by planting tubular flowers, especially red ones. If you can, put the feeder in the shade, as the nectar does spoil. In the hot weather I change mine at least every other day, and sometimes every day. The feeder must be cleaned each time, and no soap should be used. I use vinegar and lots of hot water. There are also small brushes you can buy to clean the ports. As the season goes on it pays to have more than one feeder, as the birds are territorial and will defend "their" feeder against intruders.
The solution for the nectar is 1 part sugar to 4 parts boiling water. Let cool, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Red food coloring is not necessary. Fill feeeder and enjoy!
Author:Beth M Gaffer Phone: 919-271-1833 Dated: July 7th 2015 Views: 950 About Beth M: ...
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