After wintering in Mexico and Central America, ruby-throated hummingbirds are appearing again in Georgia. Welcome them with some fresh sugar solution in a clean hummingbird feeder (basin-style feeders are easier to keep clean than the inverted bottle kind). Just dissolve one part sugar in four parts water and cool before filling your feeder.
You can also provide nutrition by planting nectar-producing flowers. Plants that have red or orange tubular-shaped blooms (like trumpet creeper, crossvine, coral honeysuckle and salvia) are especially attractive. Hummingbirds also eat soft-bodied insects and spiders, so refrain from using pesticides in your yard if possible.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.