Date: 8/25/17 12:09 pm From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
Dan is exactly right about the boiling. We have and will have winds from the east and it will sway the feeders on the south side of the nature center which may empty them before the birds can drink them dry. We have installed several on the west porch protected from the wind and rain. We hope that will keep nectar available through the storm.
We have a lot more hummers the past couple of days, likely 30 here now, all Ruby-throats except for three Selasphorus female type birds. I would have expected a returning male by now but not yet.
One of the staff also reported a pewee calling a few minutes ago. Migrants are starting to stack up I think. They will likely continue to stack up until the forecasted cool front passes late next week.
Enjoy your hurricane party, keep serving those drinks for the hummers.
Fred Collins, Director Kleb Woods Nature Center 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377 281-357-5324
Harris County Precinct 3 Steve Radack Commissioner www.pct3.com
-----Original Message----- From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Dan Smith Sent: Friday, August 25, 2017 10:45 AM To: <texas410...> Cc: <texbirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
All, It is not really necessary to boil the water. With enough shaking or stirring, the sugar will dissolve.
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> On Aug 25, 2017, at 9:00 AM, Susan Fortenberry <texas410...> wrote: > > Dear Fellow texbirders: > Please make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power. > > The morning after Hurricane Ike hit, I saw several humming birds > frantically searching my flower beds for nectar and I realized that > the wind and rain had stripped the flowers/nectar from the plants. > > I was lucky enough to have the use of a propane grill and hurriedly > boiled water and made several batches of nectar. I hung several > feeders around my yard and hungry hummers and hungry bees quickly > found the feeders. The hummers left one feeder alone and the bees took > over that one. I had never seen bees swarming a feeder like that before. > > This time I have made extra nectar just in case we lose power. > > Hopefully Hurricane Harvey will not be as bad as predicted. > > Susan Fortenberry > Sugar Land, TX > > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds > > Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking > permission from the List Owner > >