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Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: Turbinado sugar for h'bird nectar?

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brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9180265

The only sugar I had in the house was turbinado, and figured if anything it would be more nutritious so i used it to make the nectar. I have seen very few hummingbirds around, and have not seen them sipping the stuff. Is it just a bad year for hummingbirds, or was using this a big mistake? And if so, how do I rectify it? I mean, obviously, other than washing out the feeders and using white sugar for the nectar.

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pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #9201016

I wouldn't think it would hurt them either, but I suppose it is possible they just don't care for it (? weird). Is it possible to ask around and find out if numbers are down in your area? Hummingbird numbers are down here - We had a early dry spring, a hot dry summer, and wild forage hasn't been as good. Rufous should peak this month and Broad-tails next month - & I haven't had any yet, but there is still hope!
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 12, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9202605

A couple of years ago I had a lot of them; this year I have only seen one. I did switch to white-sugar nectar and he has come around a little, but not like they used to. A friend of mine who LIVES for hummingbirds says her numbers are down as well. Our weather pattern has not been usual, either -- after three years of drought, we had a very hot spring and August came in June and now we are having a deluge as if it were September. Sigh. One day at a time...

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