Welcome to my hummingbird photolog!
After walking to the Farmer’s Co-op to buy a Perky-Pet Hummingbird Feeder, I went online to watch videos on the placement and cleaning of the pinch-waist glass feeder I had chosen. Since we’re having such an early spring followed by a mild winter (or no winter at all, really) I thought perhaps migration could be earlier than usual and looked at the company’s hummingbird migration map online. However, I found a bunch of maps online including this ruby-throated hummingbird map to be more helpful. It looks like they’re coming through the Ozarks right about now!
Here is a look at the feeder from the window – I believe I need to adjust the height so it hangs a bit lower, maybe? Haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet, but when I do, I’ll post pictures here! Hummingbirds, lizards, raccoon, opossums, and other wildlife are all part of our plan to practice creating native habitat. In this case, for example, learning to maintain a hummingbird feeder is just half of it – to be really sustainable, I need to also plant different flowers that will sustain the hummingbirds on more than just the sugar water from the feeder. This is all practice for living well our dream 🙂
I have a lot to learn about humingbirds. Like *slaps head* I just read, after filling the feeder with straight-up sugar from Ozark Natural Foods (no food coloring) that white cane sugar is best, and that the iron in turbinado sugar will poison them? Is this true?! I believe we used turbinado but I’ll have to ask Ryan about that…
UPDATE April 12th, 2012:
No, we are not using turbinado but basic cane sugar. The Perky Pet feeder pictured here actually leaked, one of the plastic flowers was falling off, and mold grew within 5 days on the inside of the glass but I didn’t have the special tube brush to clean it. I returned that feeder and ordered this Hummzinger High View feeder from Amazon.com. We’re waiting for it to arrive in the mail, which I think just might be today!