Ready For Hummingbirds

March 11, 2018


A single hummingbird feeding on sunflowers at sunrise



           Spring is on its way.  For us, that means mornings of back porch sitting with camera and coffee in hand watching the usual suspects at our backyard feeders.  However, there is one visitor we impatiently await.  Of coarse I’m talking about that flying jewel, the tiniest of all birds and by far my favorite to watch, the Hummingbird.


          Here in North Texas, our most common hummers are the Black-chinned Hummingbird and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Yesterday I pulled out the feeders, knocked off the winter dust, and made a little homemade nectar. As of this morning, they are hanging and ready for this year’s prized guests.




        I’ve gone through many hummingbird feeders over the years.  A couple years ago on a trip to the Texas Hill Country I discovered what I believe to be the best feeder ever made.  It’s even made here in Poteet, Texas.  It’s called the Best 1 Hummingbird Feeder.  It comes in two sizes, 8 oz. and 32 oz.  What sold me on this feeder was how easy it was to clean and take care of.  It’s inexpensive but yet made to last.  Click on the image for more information. 


         We also make our own nectar. It’s easy to make and takes only as long as it takes to boil water.  It’s so easy even I can’t mess it up.  Below is the recipe for hummingbird nectar. Please keep in mind, even though it’s temping to put red food coloring in the food; it isn’t good for the birds.


Step 1:  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

Step 2:  Boil this mixture for 2 minutes to help prevent it from spoiling too rapidly.

Step 3 Add 1 cup of white granulated sugar.

Step 4:  Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 5:  Allow to thoroughly cool.

Step 6: Pour into clean hummingbird feeders.


This week I want to share some of my favorite hummingbird images. I hope you have as much fun watching and photographing your tiny visitors as we do!  Enjoy and make sure you subscribe and never miss an update.  





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 A male Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) feeding on a flowering sage plant.






 An adult female Black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) feeding on Yucca flowers while a young male watches and learns.




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David Cutts   

Garland, Texas

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