|Hummingbirds swarmed this feeder in Santa Ynez. Photo taken March 25, 2011.|
And be sure to keep your feeder clean. Hummingbirds can contract a deadly fungal infection from dirty and moldy feeders. The infection causes their tongues to swell, making it impossible for them to eat. They end up dying from starvation.
Replace the nectar and clean the feeder thoroughly at least every week in cool weather. As temperatures heat up, we need to do this every day. Clean feeders with white vinegar and hot water. Scrub out any signs of mold with a clean brush. Hummers may reject your feeder if you use soap.
You will be rewarded with a spectacular display.
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