TIME FOR FEEDERS?
There was a discussion at the grocery check-out in Shell Knob today, about hummingbirds and when to put the feeders up this spring. The store's management had deftly exhibited it's sugar on an end-cap, surrounding new hummingbird feeders.
I know that Shell Knob is not the hummingbird capital of the world, but we more than get our share of them. There have been times when I've counted over 30 hummers at a time in and around a couple of feeders! Now that's alot of birds!
Getting back to putting out the feeders, I usually go by the date shown on the Missouri Department of Conservation's calendar. They are pretty accurate, within a week either way of the actual appearance. Either that, or happening to notice a male hummingbird hovering next to one of my windows where the feeder was last time they passed through. It blows me away, how something so tiny can remember where feeders were when they passed this way last year!
The 2007 Calendar is showing them arriving on April 25th, which given the unusually warm spring we are having, is probably going to be late. Some of the males will be seen first, and then a week or so later, the mass migration starts.
No need to buy the expensive mix sold at stores, nor to put red dye in the home-mix. Just measure approximately 1/4th sugar to 3/4 water, and these high energy creatures will thrive on it.
We lost a feeder to an ambitious racoon, who came up on our front porch and put a little bit too much muscle on the glass one attached to our window. I was unable to find a replacement locally, so contacted the factory in Massachusetts. Found out that not only would they be glad to send me a replacement, but it was several dollars cheaper than I had originally paid, and shipping was free! I love when that happens.
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