With each day of the new year passing as quick as a wink, springtime is in full bloom in many parts of the country, especially here in Texas. The bluebonnet wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful lining the roadways as well as the indian paintbrush. Most all the trees are bursting with new life and some have popped in full bloom.
The birds are busy hunting the perfect spot for a nest to raise their young. How many of you have had the pleasure of finding birdseed in your shoe this spring? If not, get busy putting up those feeders and houses so you will not miss a moment of the birds in springtime.
And as an added bonus, the little hummingbirds will be arriving soon so don’t forget to put up the hummingbird feeders in the same place you hung them last year. They will check out the spots they fed from previously and you certainly don’t want to disappoint the little fellas. They give you so much joy throughout the summer darting around and enjoying the feeders.
In a lot of areas, the hummingbirds are still very active. Be sure to keep your feeders clean and free of mold. I change out my hummingbird food and wash out the feeders every two days because this warm south Texas weather causes the mold to form pretty quickly.
I use hot water, a bottle brush, and a pipe cleaner to scrub away the tiny particles of mold. Take the feeding ports apart and the pipe cleaner works well inserted into the ports of the feeder. The bottle brush is a handy tool to have to clean the tube of the feeder which allows reaching areas you may miss otherwise.
I refill my feeders with sugar water I make. I do not use the store bought or red colored hummingbird feed. My recipe is 1 cup of water to 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar. Mix together in a sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to cool completely before pouring into feeders. I have several feeders I change out at one time, so I make 4 cups at once which allows for plenty of clean food for the hummingbirds.
The beautiful little hummingbirds will grace you with their presence regularly since they are counting on us to keep their fuel available for their long migration when they depart.