Hummingbirds had a slow start making their grand appearance to central Missouri this year due to the late winter but they have been frequent visitors to our feeders since early May.
Although the summer heat is still lingering we will soon begin to see hummingbirds begin to make their great southern migration.
Now is prime time to put out new feeders, or refresh existing, to ensure our migrating friends have a constant nectar source.
Tips for Attracting Migrating Hummingbirds:
- Have your feeders out by early August.
- Hang your feeder in a partially shaded area to ensure nectar stays fresh and lasts longer.
- Monitor your feeders. Hummers, especially males, can be very territorial and take claim to their favorite feeder. If you notice this happening be sure to hang more feeders for the less dominant.
- Clean feeders weekly. Be sure to use a port-brush to clean the small, hard to reach, places.
- Nectar gives Hummingbirds a source of energy but they also need protein. Try hanging a banana peel, this will attract tasty, protein-rich fruit flies that hummers love. Avoid pesticides in your flowerbeds as hummers get their protein from small insects.
Hummingbirds will begin their southern migration in early August and should move out of central Missouri by late October. Send us your photos of Hummingbirds migrating, we may feature it on Facebook!