Date: 3/12/17 11:11 am
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Ruby-throated and Other Hummingbirds Some Things to Know
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are in North Louisiana. Some information that might help:

Hummingbirds are attracted to red and can see it 3/4 miles away. If your feeders are hidden, you can put out red plastic plates where they can be seen and when they come in to inspect, they can find your feeders.

A hummer visits 1000 flowers a day for insects and nectar. You need to have clusters of flowers in place for Spring and Summer blooming. You can use clusters of Bee Balm, Blazing Star, Cardinal Flowers, Columbine, Coral Bells, Penstemon, Phlox, Salvia, Verbena, Zinnia, Coral Honeysuckle Trumpet Vine, and others to cover all the seasons. Plant in groups and not just a few scattered throughout the yard and use native plants as much as possible to support nectar and insects. Do not expect just putting a hummingbird feeder out is enough and you have met your responsibility. Change the food about every 3 days or when it is no longer clear. Hummers will fly in about every 15 minutes and when you see them fly away from the feeder without using it, that is a good indication that it may be sour.

Put out 3 feeders at least 10 feet apart and where hummers at one feeder cannot see hummers at the other feeders. Hummers will defend their food source from other hummers.

Work to prevent them from being trapped in the garage or barn. They are attracted to the car tail lights and windows. An insect net on a extension pole works good at safely removing hummers from inside.

Keep your cat indoors. You know that they lay in the flower beds in wait and catch hummingbirds.

Be a good wildlife landlord not a wildlife slumlord.

Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs
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