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Mix up a Sweet Drink for our Guests
Posted In: League City News Posted by Pam Moore on 10/08/2012

‘They’ are definitely back in League City; some are migrating through our area; some might stay for a while longer.  Hummingbirds are back, looking for fall blooms and feeders.  Once we see them, we clean up our feeders and get the nectar prepared.  Do you buy "commercial nectar" or do you have the recipe to make nectar at home?  I must say, please do NOT buy the prepared bags or bottles of nectar you find in stores.  The recipe is so easy:  boil water; open a bag of granulated white sugar; measure 4 to 1 - 4 cups of boiling water to 1 cup of sugar.  Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved; cool, then place in your clean hummingbird feeder.  (No need to add red color, in fact food coloring is not good for the birds!) Simple as that!  Keep the remaining nectar in the fridge.  After your feeder has hanging for a few days, keep an eye on the water.  When you notice the water is cloudy, it is time to put in fresh.

We have 4 hummingbird feeders, but only put out 2 at a time.  We do not place them together; we hang them on opposite sides of our backyard.  This placement does not stop them from being territorial, that is just their nature.  Sometimes they do get along, but more times than not, they are chasing one another around the yard into the surrounding trees.

One suggestion to add:  We always purchase feeders that have perches around the feeder base.  We want hummingbirds to stop and "sip" for a while and not have to exert additional energy just to get a drink of nectar.  This style of feeder is easy to find.  Consider this option when you are shopping for a hummingbird feeder.  The red base is what will attract the hummers!

I snapped the photo (in this blog) in our backyard in October 2011.  I noticed that a green lizard had climbed down the hummingbird feeder and was enjoying the nectar; much to the surprise of a hummingbird who was just flying in to feed.  This took both the lizard and me by surprise!  I was so happy to have captured the moment!  Help the hummingbirds as they migrate through southeast Texas; they are a joy to watch!

Pam Moore for Brockway Realty, LLC

Humming Birds

Brockway Realty is a full service residential and commercial real estate brokerage based in League City, serving the League City, Clear Lake and Houston, Texas markets with over 20 agents. Member, League City Regional Chamber of Commerce

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