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, April 22, 2015
Aggressive Hummingbirds may be calmed by multiple feeders
Hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive,
selfish birds we have in north Texas. They’re bullies. Thank heavens they’re so
small or they might try to take over the world…or at least every tree and
birdfeeder in it.Juvenile Hummingbirds,
especially, seem to frequent feeders where they don’t get chased away.
If you have one nectar feeder, you know what we
mean! But if there are two or more feeders in the yard, a “bully” usually has a
tough time claiming them all. Particularly if the line-of-sight between the
feeders is blocked by something like a shrub or corner of the house. The nectar
at one feeder can’t be a lot better than the other, since no Hummingbird likes
settling for second-rate food. Both feeders have to be filled with fresh nectar
and cleaned regularly.In our heat, mold
can grow easily and quickly. I refill our feeders about every 3 to 6 days (depending on the weather), running the
parts under very hot water at the same time. Then, every two or three weeks,
I’ll clean them with a solution of one part vinegar to 10 parts water.
that I never said anything about adding food coloring. That’s a total myth. Red
food dye can cause, according to several research studies, genetic defects in
Hummingbirds. Most nectar feeders are bright-colored anyway, so it’s totally unnecessary
and just not worth the risk.
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.