Monday, September 14, 2009
Hummer migration has begun.
I've noticed a sharp increase in the number of humming birds that visit my feeder so their migration must be starting. I keep one feeder up all year but yesterday I added another one. I may add more later.
Those little buggers do like to fight over the sugar water. I would like to mention that the water does not have to be red as long as there is some red on your feeder. The red in commercially prepared nectar is from a red dye and may not be good for those little hummers. Just use one part white granulated sugar to four parts water.
I've read that if they are fighting over the nectar, make one feeder a little sweeter and the bully hummer will go for that one. They are supposed to be able to tell how sweet it is from looking at the water. Amazing.
Wikipedia reports that the hummingbirds heart rate has been clocked as high as 1260 beats per minute. Whew, that makes me short of breath thinking about it. Because of their high metobolism, they are continuously hours away from starving to death so get your feeders out there folkes.