It is humming bird time in Texas! In the upcoming weeks you should be spotting a tiny bird zipping from flower to flower.
Tiny? Yes, tiny. Hummingbirds are the smallest bird in size. Ranging from the 2ish-inch Bee Hummingbird of Cuba to the 8.5-inch Giant Hummingbird of South America. Even though they are small in size, their "family" is huge; with approximately 340 species recorded. Of those species, you are more likely to white-eared, green-breasted mangoes, blue-throated and Allen's broad-billed in the greater Houston area. That doesn't mean you won't see a few others!
Want to see them more often? Make a hummingbird friendly backyard. Plan a variety of summer blooms such as Turk's Cap or Salvia and set up feeders containing sugar water [see recipe below.] Hummingbirds are fierce competitors so if you spot multiples, then add more feeders. Once they find a food source, they will come back annually and maybe even all year long!
Hummers sugar water