Most people love to watch the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds that visit Southwest Missouri (and our farm) from early April until early October each year.  Feeders on our farm are filled with homemade nectar to attract these beautiful and amazing birds.  Most hummingbird lovers know that the color red attracts our favorite birds to the feeders. A clear sugar water mixture that a mixture is recommended as an energy drink for the birds.   Few, however, realize that hummingbirds also devour many small insects as a protein source.  Our farm provides the birds with an abundant supply of insects. We provide food and habitat for the hummingbirds.  They not only provide us joy as we watch the feeders, but they also help with insect control.

Hummingbirds in Southwest Missouri

In Southwest Missouri, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds spend the summer with us.  They migrate from Central America and Mexico across the Gulf of Mexico arriving in early April.  Although we may see another hummingbird variety occasionally as they migrate through our area, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migrates to and remains in our part of the state each year.  They breed and raise their young throughout the summer.  By the first week of October, the last of Ruby Throated hummingbirds have left the area and started their migration South for the winter months.
Links from the Missouri Department of Conservation containing detailed information on hummingbirds in Southwest Missouri:

 

Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar
for feeders

1 cup sugar
4 cups water

Add water and sugar to a pan.  Stir until the sugar dissolves and then bring to a boil.  Let the mixture cool, put into clean feeders and refrigerate the remainder until used.  It is not advisable to add red food coloring.  Red on the feeder or a red ribbon on the holder for the feeder will attract the hummingbirds.  Early in the season, place your feeder where the birds can see it when they are flying through.   Help them find it, keep it filled and they will come back.   
 

Curious About The
Migration of Hummingbirds?

Check out the latest info on the migration at the following link:

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