No, and I don’t mean the SUV. I already have me a pretty cool yellow Toyota FJ.
What I’m talking about are the northern migrating red-throated hummingbirds which arrive in Houston about this time — early April — and are here until about the middle of May. I haven’t seen any as of this writing, but I’m getting ready to prepare my hummingbird feeders.
You may want to do this, as well, and if you have never had hummingbird feeders in your yard and if you choose to now you are in for a treat. Here is the “formula” for making hummingbird “nectar”.
Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and heat the solution for a few minutes to help the sugar dissolve. This also helps to keep the water from fermenting, and in this Houston heat and help we can get is good. I personally use distilled water because our water here has a lot of chemicals and I want it as pure as possible.
Pour the formula into clean feeders using a funnel. I like the 20 oz. “Perky Pet” feeders. I use several feeders in my yard which I hang on garden hooks. I think I’ll go out and get more. The more of these little babies I have in my yard the better.
If you want to take photos, find a little place in your garden to sit and wait once you see the hummers arrive. They also love salvia, which my garden is packed full of. They also feed from some of the butterfly plants in the yard, as well as my gigantic hybrid hibiscus.
The hummers will come back, as well, on their southern migration. We’ll get there here in Houston in August through sometime in October.
So, head on out to your friendly neighborhood Home Depot and pick up a few hummingbird feeders. Don’t spend the money on the red nectar they sell next to the feeders — I can’t believe that the red food coloring would be good for them. Let me know if you get any hummers!