A Misconception About Hummingbirds
Winter is just around the corner, and most of “our” southwestern hummingbirds are relaxing in Mexico—most, but not all. One of the most common misconceptions about hummingbirds is “I have to take my feeders down or they won’t know to migrate.” The good news is that a bottle of sugar water will not overcome instincts honed over millions of years of evolution. There will be hummingbirds in the Southwest, West Coast, Gulf Coast, and Southeast year round. If you live in one of these areas and would like to leave your feeders up, be sure to keep up maintenance. Cleaning and refilling every three to five days in cool weather is usually adequate.