Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have started migrating southward to their wintering grounds in Central and South America. They have one long journey and need to fatten up. I consider my place as a Pit-Stop or Service Station. They fuel-up for a couple of days and continue on. One quick way you can help them is by maintaining a clean feeder (clean with a white vinegar solution) and fill with a 4 part water to 1 part white sugar solution. Red dye is not needed and is a questionable additive. It is a chemical.
It is advised to keep a feeder up for 2 weeks after the last one has left. In Southeast we can get visits from western species in fall and winter....so I maintain one feeder year-round.
It's not all about feeders: Hummers also eat insects/spiders. Say NO to pesticides. Planting flowering plants that produce nectar in the Spring, Summer.....and if you live in the South include some for Fall. Check with your local Audubon Society or do a quick Google to see what is best suited for your region.
Notice the dark spot on the throat....it turns Ruby in the sunlight. This is a juvenile male who is just starting to get his full Ruby throat. Today was my first sighting of this youngster.
This female keeps an eagle eye on the feeders and flowers. She is the Queen.
Learn more about Hummingbirds & Nectar Feeders Here.
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