It’s time to get those hummingbird feeders out. Hummingbirds are oblivious to all that is going on in our world today. They are flying in and they are hungry!
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) officials, in advance of the annual HummerBird Celebration, is asking everyone to prepare their feeders and give our feathered friends a little extra help to fuel their continued migration south.
Always start with clean feeders. If one sees or suspects mildew or mold, clean feeders with a bottle brush and a mixture of one-part bleach to 10 parts water … and rinse very thoroughly!
To refill the feeder, use a sugar solution of one-part sugar (no sugar substitutes or honey) to four parts water. Do not vary from this formula. If the sugar solution is more concentrated, there is a possibility of it being harmful to the birds (dehydration).
Heat the water to a slight boil, remove from heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Fill feeders with the solution after it cools. Adding color is absolutely unnecessary and harmful. The red color of the feeder attracts the birds. Unused sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in a covered container. Feeders should be cleaned and refilled with sugar water every two to three days, or immediately at the first sign of mold.
To make one’s yard more inviting to hummingbirds, plant some hummingbird attractant plants. Hummingbirds are little bullies. Hanging feeders in a cluster can ease some of the competition but not all. They rarely hurt each other, so just enjoy the show.
The HummerBird Celebration will is scheduled September 16-19. This year’s the event will be “live”, but five of the programs will be offered virtually, as well.
There will be four full days of activities this year. The RFCC is partnering with several Aransas County attractions to add new events.
Visit www.rockporthummingbird.com for more information about the HummerBird Celebration or to purchase tickets.