Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
You know what the end of March means, don't you?
near the end of March so -THE HUMMINGBIRDS ARE BACK!If you have not put out your feeders, you
need to do so in the next day or so since they’re famished, and most
nectar-laden flowers aren’t blooming yet. North Texas will host a number of Hummingbirds
in the next several weeks. Two or three pairs may establish nesting territories
in your yard or the immediate area. The rest will have to find territories
elsewhere, or continue moving north. Almost every Hummingbird will pass through
“the south”, and the majority (after resting up) will keep travelling northward
to Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, North Dakota or... The result will be a tapering of
numbers here, and it will seem like they are actually leaving your feeders,
except for a few that hang around. The ones that nest here will stay all
when the numbers at your feeders drop, it is imperative that feeders be kept
clean and that they be
cleaned at every refill. Otherwise, a fungus will
develop in the feeder, aggravated by the Texas heat, that grows on the tongues
of the Hummingbirds, making them sick.
will be late September and October, when fall migration begins.
We again will have large numbers in everyone's backyard. They will stop
over to rest and replenish energy supplies for their return migration flight to
central and South America. (There are
absolutely NO Hummingbirds in the other hemisphere; Europe, Africa, Asia etc.
-only the Americas)
OWEN YOST, in addition
to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived
and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of
Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His
office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.