Spring 2017 has arrived…
For all of you backyard birding fans in the NE Atlanta area we are pleased to announce that the ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived.
Here’s a couple of pictures found on Twitter.
Catherine S. of Placentia, CA has won our March Photo Contest
Hands down this one was the winner:
Here’s a photo from Sharon M. in St Charles IL.
Thanks for the great shot!
Excellent video on how hummingbirds fly and remain steady in heavy winds. The researchers placed the birds in wind tunnel and used a high speed camera to record the results.
And… Don’t forget to clean those hummingbird feeders. I use a little bleach in the water. Then I put the lids back on the feeders and shake them to get the bleach into the port holes.
Rinse well and the feeders come out spotless. The hummingbirds will reward you for the fresh nectar in the CLEAN feeders!
The bleach to water ratio for cleaning is about 10%.
When the ruby-throated hummingbirds fledge it’s hard to tell if they are male or female. Right after they fledge the juvenile male looks just like the female.
Here’s a shot of mistaken identity. I thought for sure I had a female until I blew the picture up. You can just see the start of the “ruby” feathers on the throat.
It’s a boy!
Perry Enterprises make these awesome “Window Watch” hummingbird feeders. They come in 4 different colors (teal, green, purple, and red). Simple yet beautiful design. Easy to clean and fill and they stick tight to the window!
Now for the best part, here’s a ruby-throated hummingbird stopping by my Perry Enterprise’s “Window Watch.” For those that are interested in the feeder here is the model number: #2081
Here’s a great article I found on twitter about what happens when you don’t wash out your hummingbird feeders. I’m not going to spoil to plot but you will be pissed when you read this…
Do you have a
#hummingbird feeder? If YES, you need to read this article: http://t.co/oJAhhFqbB7
— Queen of Green (@QueenofGreen)
May 28, 2015