Thursday, December 27, 2018
The natural hummingbird food sources are running low at this time of the year. If your flowers haven't experienced a frost so far, more than likely, frost is on the way soon.
He gleams in the rare afternoon overcast of Oro Valley, Arizona.
If you already have hummingbirds or would like to attract them, now is a good time to supplement their dwindling food supply.
If you start a hummingbird feeding program, please continue it until spring when their natural food returns.
The recipe is simple. 4 cups of water to 1 cup plain white sugar... heat, stir, cool and fill the feeder of your choice.
Place the feeder near a window for your enjoyment. They'll usually return every 10 minutes for a drink. If you have more than one hummingbird, they appear in rotation.
Just be aware hummingbirds are notorious squabblers. They get very defensive of their food sources.
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This Costa's Hummingbird is one of three species of hummingbirds we get here. Different locations get different species. Arizona boasts of 15 different hummingbird species throughout the State.
Credits: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds
The Sibley's Guide to Birds