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Published on Jan 23, 2012
The best season ever for winter hummingbirds at Mr. Jim's hummingbird garden. A total of 8 winter hummingbirds, all Juvenile hatch year birds, visited Mr. Jim and his banquet of hummingbird plants. This season was an extended warm winter with the first killing freeze occurring January 3rd. After most of the flowers were killed by the freeze, the number of birds dwindled down to two.
The wintering birds included 1 male Rubythroat, 1 known male Rufous, 2 possible male Rufous, 2 known female Rufous, and 2 possible female Rufous. Four of the birds were caught, ID'd, banded, and color marked "pink" in two separate banding sessions by Fred Bassett and Fred Dietrich. This is a pretty good tally considering the location is in south Georgia.
Flowering hummingbird plants are not necessary for attracting winter hummingbirds; a simple clean feeder with a white cane sugar mix of 1 part to four parts water will do. However, if you are serious about attracting the birds; a large mix of flowering nectar plants, evergreen cover, and a little luck will go a long way to putting a smile on the face of most any hummingbird enthusiast. Keep at least one feeder up during winter months, you may just get lucky.