It is rare that we have so few mountain or piedmont photos for our roundup, however, the coast really took center stage last month for photos. However, stay tuned, as the rhododendron has bloomed, and we anticipate quite a few mountain photos for our next issue!
Cindi Mullis Poole, Photographer
Cindi lives in the Albamarle area, and is a frequent contributor to our Facebook page. Here’s hoping we will be able to continue to enjoy her captures!
Please remember, if you feed hummingbirds, do NOT use the red nectar sold in stores..this is very dangerous for them. It is much safer, and much more cost efficient, to make your own nectar..very simple to do. Simply dissolve 1 cup regular white sugar to 4 cups of hot water, and stir until clear. You can make any amount, as long as you keep it in the range of 1 to 4 ratio, okay?
Also, under no circumstances , do not use honey or any other type sweetener. The hummingbird’s body is delicate and cannot handle these..strictly white table sugar.
Feeders also need to be kept very clean. Hummers are susceptible to a fungus infection that causes the tongue to swell and adher to the top of the bill. The bird then suffers a painful and prolonged death. Please wash the feeders carefully, all nooks and crannies, and be sure it is clear of any black fermenting remnants. If water becomes cloudy, it is fermenting, and it is time to replace the nectar. Thanks!
Montgomery County sunset, NC