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Hungry Hummers

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Hungry hummingbirds are clustering at area feeders now as the fall migration is on for these flying jewels.  In our Texoma area, we see mainly Ruby-throated hummingbirds, but a few Black-chinned have been reported.


Children can learn more about hummingbirds at The Refuge Rocks/Hobnob with Hummers, Sept, 16.  


The hummingbirds we see are medium to long-distance migrants, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America, and most get there by flying across the Gulf of Mexico. Some birds stay in North America along the Gulf Coast, parts of the southern Atlantic coast, and at the tip of Florida; these are usually birds from farther north rather than birds that spent the summer there.


Also from Cornell - "Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers such as trumpet creeper, cardinal flower, honeysuckle, jewelweed, bee-balm, red buckeye and red morning glory, as well as at hummingbird feeders and, sometimes, tree sap. Hummingbirds also catch insects in midair or pull them out of spider webs. Main insect prey includes mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies, and small bees; also eats spiders. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds sometimes take insects attracted to sap wells or pick small caterpillars and aphids from leaves."


Some feeding tips:  You can make your own nectar by dissolving 1/4 cup granulated sugar (do not use honey) in one cup of water. Do not add food coloring. The red of your feeder will attract the hummers.  Clean and refresh the feeder daily in super hot weather, otherwise every 3 -4 days.  Do not worry about when to take the feeder down, you cannot keep the hummingbirds from migrating by continuing to offer feed.  You may help a few late migrant along by leaving feeders out until frost.




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Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

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Mostly Clear

Lo: 70

Monday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 89

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Water Level on 9/25: 616.17 (-0.83)



Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 20)

Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot worms, Texas rigged worms and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.






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