Dedicated to the High Flyers of Central Texas
Around mid-March there’s a bit of a buzz in the air; this marks the remarkable annual arrival of the hummingbirds to the Central Texas area.
It’s easy to see why people are attracted to these expert flyers – they are tiny miracles with wing beats of up to 200 per second. Not just that but they can fly upside down, backwards, and they can dive at speeds of around 60 miles per hour!
I’m a fan of hummingbirds and have found easy ways to attract them to my garden. Over the years I’ve picked-up some tips below for how to be hummingbird friendly, including an easy recipe for making nectar that can attract hummingbirds to your home.
To Prepare: About 5 minutes
To Cool: About 30 minutes
❤ Clean your hummingbird feeder regularly. Make sure to clean and store your feeder after the hummingbirds have migrated from the area (usually late summer to early December).
❤ Change the nectar weekly and every 2-3 days in the hotter summer months. When you see the nectar turning cloudy it’s fermenting, signaling it’s time to clean the feeder and change the nectar.
❤ Avoid red dyes, honey, and artificial sweeteners; they are not necessary and in some cases can be unhealthy for the birds.
❤ There are some great resources available for how plants can attract hummingbirds to your garden. Texas A&M’s “Herb’s For Texas Landscapes” is one of my trusted favorites. You can download a .PDF of the resource here.
1 Part | Sugar
4 Parts | Water
What To Do:
1. Fill a medium pot with the water and bring it to a boil.
2. Add the sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
3. Remove the pot from heat and let rest until cool.
4. Transfer the nectar into your feeder and feed away! If you make extra nectar transfer to a storage container and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty