Bird Notes from West Houston

Friday, March 10, 2006

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbirds are starting to be seen at feeders around the Houston area. In the spring, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migrate through the Upper Texas Coast region to their breeding grounds further north. They will visit feeders a day or two before moving on. We usually see them from March to mid-May in spring migration. Our peak time for hummingbirds is in August, September and into mid-October. Click on the link to the right "Track Hummingbird Migration" to monitor the north-bound migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

The nectar solution is four parts water to one part sugar. No red food coloring is necessary. Most feeders have plenty of red on them to attract the hummingbird's attention. Change the nectar solution in your feeder twice a week to prevent fungus and mold from developing.


At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen any Hummingbirds yet at my feeder in the Heights as of April 5. Glad to know they are on the way.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Are there any specific feeders you recommend? I came across Perky-Pet's Top Fill feeders while searching online. They look great since they are so easy to fill via their wide-mouth top.

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a chance hummingbirds will visit my feeder I have hanging from my front window of my office located on the feeder of a major freeway in Houston? It seems like there's little chance :( I do have a hanging of long multi color 20 ribbons - to try and attract them...a few plants, but not with red color on them. Thinking of getting hibicus. Any hope?


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