Hummingbirds have arrived

According to the 2015 spring migration maps, hummingbirds arrived in the Shoals March 25.  Time to get your feeders up.  Notice mine does not have the red dye toxin in it?  Make your own sugar water by using four parts of hot to boiling water and one part of sugar.  I’ll start out with a coffee scoop at the first of the season until the birds come in and start hitting the feeders.  I use one scoop of sugar and 4 scoops of hot water, mix well, cool and put in feeders.  Change out and clean feeder every four or five days.  As the numbers at the feeders increase, I’ll increase the amount of liquid I make.  Extra may be stored in the refrigerator.  I usually let it set at room temp for a spell, but I found out last year that they will make pigs of themselves during hot spells if you put it out cold.

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If you have trouble with ants, you can easily make the ant moat pictured here using a spray can cap, a length of wire and water resistant caulking around the hole the wire goes through.  Let the chalk dry well hang between the hook and the feeder, fill with water.   If you have a rainy period, it will catch rainwater. During dry spells, refill as needed.  I usually refill when I change out feeders.

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