by Donna Lewis
So we have tons of hummingbirds here in Milam County right now. I have predominantly Ruby-throated hummers, Archilochus colubris. They love many of our native flowers, which you should provide if you want a lot of them to visit you.
The nectar feeders are great, but should not be their only source of food. Some of our native Texas plants that they like are; Flame Acanthus, Coral Honeysuckle, Red Yucca, Turk’s Cap, Zinnias, Autumn Sage, Morning Glory, and many other nectar plants.
I took these photos of the hummingbirds through the window on my front porch. If they see motion they take off, so I have to be slow. I have two more feeders in my garden. I like the flat feeder you see in the first photo the best. It is easy to clean.
Hummingbirds also need protein, so they eat caterpillars, spiders and other insects. A big hunk of watermelon set out can sometimes lure them to its nectar. That’s, of course, if I can give it up.
Water is another important resource they need. Put out a sprinkler near a fence or perching area in late afternoon and everybody’s up for a bath!
The other species that are here in Central Texas is the Black-chin Hummingbird. It’s hard to tell them apart, especially if you do not have the sun shining on the male’s throat. Beautiful and fiesty little birds, gotta love them.