February 28, 2020
| Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Dianne Roland |
Our final BirdSpotter category was titled “Potpourri” and attracted photos featuring a wide range of bird species. Congratulations to our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner, Dianne Roland of Harrison, TN! Dianne says she captured this image in her own backyard.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds usually migrate to Central America for the winter, but some individuals will overwinter along the Gulf Coast. Hummingbirds generally like to eat insects, and will come to hummingbird feeders filled with a ratio of 1:4 sugar water. There is no need to add red dye to this solution – adding a red ribbon around your feeder will be enough to attract a hungry hummingbird! Clean your feeders regularly to prevent mold growth. Once the temperatures reach above 80F (26C), then it’s best to scrub your feeders with a bottle brush, and replace the sugar solution every 2-3 days (more often as it gets hotter).
Hummingbirds and other species in your yard, also benefit strongly from native plants. Consider providing more native species in your garden to support your local pollinators! Your local plant nursery or conservation organization should have some tips on which species to use for your region and yard type. You can learn even more about attracting hummingbirds to your yard in this BirdNotes article.
SSubmissions are now closed for BirdSpotter’s 2019-2020 contest period. The Grand Prize contest will begin on Saturday, February 29. Visit our BirdSpotter homepage to vote for one of the 16 winners this year to win extra-fabulous prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.