Post by valricohummerlover on Apr 14, 2015 17:31:58 GMT -5
I have had ruby throats in my yard (male & female - juvenile and adult) since August 2015. Females and a few males were here until last week. I have kept the nectar fresh and they have been happy (along with the bees). Haven't seen ANY this past week and think I may take the feeders down in another week. Have firespike, red shrimp plants, trumpet vines and other hummingbird loving foliage? Am I doing the right thing in taking down the feeders in another week if I don't see any hammers?
Post by Steve Backes on Apr 15, 2015 5:49:26 GMT -5
Most of the hummingbirds that spent the winter here have already migrated north for the summer. One of the ones that wintered in my yard is still here but will leave soon. All of the others left a few weeks ago. Depending on where you live, birds that migrated further south for the winter may migrate in for the summer. I have wintering birds in my yard but not during the summer. I've got a friend who lives a couple of miles away who has them during the summer but not during the winter.
I always leave a couple feeders up just in case a hummingbird passes through. Even if they're not being used, they need to be kept fresh. Clean/rinse and change the solution every other day during the summer months. Use just enough solution for the hummingbird to reach it.