Hummingbird Migration in Full Swing
RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Levi Perez is an avid bird watcher and can be seen at the World Birding Center in Edinburg up to two times a week. But recently, he's come to catch a glimpse of some new visitors.
"I've been coming to take pictures of the hummingbirds because they've been swarming in," said Perez.
It's the peak of hummingbird migration and the species we're seeing the most in the valley is the Rubythroated hummingbird.
"They usually like to do trans-gulf migration which means they migrate over the gulf of Mexico through the water," said environmental educator, Monica Barrera.
Barrera says we're seeing an increase in numbers because of the drought. They're not able to find the food necessary to make the long trip.
"A lot of them are starting to take the land route that way they have stops like our habitat to feed and gain their energy," said Barrera.
Chances are you'll see at lease three different species including the Black Chinned and the year-round resident, the Buffbelly. Putting up a feeder is a good way to attract these hummers to your neck of the woods, but you might want to stay away from store-bought food.
"It's believed that the red in the dye will attract more hummingbirds, since they are attracted to red, but the red dye actually does more harm than good," said Barrera.
You can make your own hummingbird feeder solution by simply adding one part sugar to four parts water. Be sure to refrigerate any solution that may be leftover.
"I put my feeder up last year . It took a while for them to, maybe a couple of weeks to get used to it and now I get a bunch of them at one feeder," said Barrera.
If you don't have a feeder, you can do as Perez does and visit the center to soak in the sights.