Going Coastal

Male Hummingbird

HummerBirds are coming!

Flying in for the 28th Annual HummerBird Celebration! Are your feeders ready?

 

ROCKPORT-FULTON - It’s time to get those hummingbird feeders out. Our beautiful fall visitors are flying in and they are hungry! Get your feeders prepared and help us celebrate our 28th Annual HummerBird Celebration. This is the time to give our feathered friends a little extra help to fuel their continued migration south.

 

Remember to always start with clean feeders.  Any time you see or suspect mildew or mold you may clean them with a bottle brush and a mixture of one part bleach to ten parts water, but rinse very thoroughly.  To refill the feeder, use a sugar solution of one part sugar (no sugar substitutes or honey) to four parts water.  Do not vary this formula.  If the sugar solution is more concentrated, there is a possibility of it being harmful to the birds by dehydrating them.  Heat the water to a slight boil, remove from heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Fill feeders with the solution after it cools.  Adding color is absolutely unnecessary and harmful.  The red color of the feeder attracts the birds. Unused sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (a covered container).  Feeders should be cleaned and refilled with sugar water every two to three days or immediately at the first sign of mold.  To make your yard even more inviting to hummingbirds, plant some hummingbird attractant plants.

 

Hummingbirds are bullies, always have been, always will be.  And there isn’t just one bully; they’re all combative.  Hanging feeders in a cluster can ease some of the competition but not all.  They rarely hurt each other so just enjoy the show.

 

We may not want the hummingbirds to leave but leave they will.  Let’s all help them out and send them on their way with a good store of energy for their journey and look for their return in spring.

 

The 28th annual Hummer/Bird Celebration is set for Sept. 15-18, 2016. FMI visit www.rockporthummingbird.com  “Early Bird” registration is available online until August 31.

 

Ivy Lane Birding and Nature Site is the first of the Aransas Pathways group's upconing sites to open. A grand opening is being held Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the end of Ivy Lane, off Griffith Drive in Rockport.

Rockport-Fulton Texas (April 19, 2013) – The vast majority of Great Blue Herons (GBH) in Texas are a dark mix of grays, blues, browns and a bit of white. There are however a few documented all white Great Blue Herons. These white GBH will usually breed with the readily available dark birds, which possess the more dominant dark gene, and typically produce dark chicks.  

Rockport has several bird watching locales for fall bird watching. You may recognize some of these, but in case you are unfamiliar with bird watching in Rockport, try:   Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary, Rockport Beach Park, Rockport Beach Park, Rockport Demonstration Garden & Wetland Point, and Copano Bay State Fishing Pier.

Goose Island State Park includes about 300 acres, and the adjacent Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has more than 60,000 acres which is  the site of these paddling trails. Both are north of Aransas Bay and the towns of Rockport and Fulton. Blackjack Peninsula, in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, is a remnant of the 120,000-year-old Ingleside Barrier, where camels, saber-toothed tigers have been discovered. What brings paddlers to the area are the interesting vistas of sand dunes, oyster reefs, shell beaches and the remote areas of the bays.