Monday, April 2, 2012

Hummingbirds Are Back!

Photo courtesy of Donna Stephens. Copyright 2012.

Donna Stephens emailed the above picture and wrote: "Saw four hummingbirds today. They flew over to check out last year's nest. I wonder if the one in the picture was the bird born there last season."

Mark Perkins of the El Paso/Transmountain Audubon Society says that Black-chinned Hummingbirds have been appearing all over El Paso in recent weeks at bird feeders.

Time to get those humming bird feeders out. Remember, hummers are attracted to red. The best feeder liquid is easily made at home. One-fourth cup of sugar to one cup of water. Boil the water first. Add the sugar (slowly). Let stand until it reaches room temperature. Change food every other day or so - more frequently when summer temperatures soar.

1 comment:

Bobby said...

I had one or two hummingbirds all winter. One of my feeders is by the back window, a foot from my nose. A joy to see them. By the way, changing water so regularly seems overkill. I'd like to get more information on that. --Bobby