It’s officially springtime and hummingbirds are starting to appear. In Texas, hummingbirds generally arrive in late March and stay through October, with their numbers peaking in the drought months of July – September. At Dot’s Ace Hardware in Texarkana, we carry both hummingbird feeders and the sugary nectar they drink. Buying feeders that are easy to clean and refill is key. If you run out of nectar, you can make your own with 1 part table sugar to 4 parts water (red food coloring can be used, but really isn’t necessary).
Besides putting out feeders, here are a few other things you can do to ensure that you attract plenty of hummers to drink at your feeders this spring and summer:
Add some red to your beds
Hummingbirds are attracted to bright reds, oranges and pinks. Adding plants that flower in those colors to your flower beds will help to draw hummingbirds to your yard. Even tying up a couple of red ribbons can be enough to catch their eye.
Just add water
Like most birds, hummingbirds enjoy water, but they are especially attracted to misters. They will fly through the mist multiple times until they feel wet enough, then find a perch to sit on and groom.
With wings that beat at 80 beats per second, even hummingbirds have to stop and have a break from time to time. They prefer to perch someplace in view of feeders where they can still keep an eye out for predators. Stick a dead branch into the ground vertically to create a perch where hummingbirds can groom or just take a break.
Pro tip: To keep bees and wasps from drinking from your feeder, brush a little vegetable oil over the holes with a cotton ball. This will make the surface too slippery for bugs to land.
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