ReportIt: Hummingbirds swarm in La Grange

Swarming hummingbirds (Debbie Brugger/ReportIt)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Apparently, swarming hummingbirds are all the rage in La Grange. Debbie Brugger shared her video of one of these instances using our ReportIt feature. Brugger captured quite a little sight – or numerous of them surrounding one spot – Tuesday evening.

“Hummers are swarming in La Grange,” she said. “I have five feeders, and they are all like this.”

By the way, nine species of hummingbirds reportedly breed or visit Central Texas through the year. And there are ways to get involved with these flying creatures.

Shelia Harris has been birding for 17 years, and she teaches the beginning birding classes for Travis Audubon. She surveys birds for the City of Austin and the USGS Breeding Bird Survey, as well as private landowners. Harris also regularly leads birding field trips and is past president of Travis Audubon. She is currently on the Travis Audubon Habitat Conservation Committee, the Travis Audubon Education Committee and the Texas Ornithological Society Board of Directors.

Gardening for birds

On Wednesday, there is a chance to learn about ways to garden that will bring in more of your flying friends. The event happens from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch at 2200 Hancock Drive.

Colleen Dieter is a passionate and pragmatic horticulturalist — as well as landscape consultant and owner of Red Wheelbarrow Landscape Consulting. She will speak about gardening strategies to attract birds.

Dieter enjoys sharing her expertise about earth-friendly practices and organic gardening principles. By letting nature do its work, she believes your green space can be healthier, hardier and happier.

Dieter will also explain why it’s important to rely heavily on soil amendment as a first step toward sustainable landscapes that are both drought- and disease-resistant. Dieter also has a passion for organic gardening and native Texas plants and says she loves nothing better than the challenge of selecting plants that are well-adapted to the Texas climate — and beautiful to look at, too.

Fun little hummingbird facts

  • With the exception of insects, hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of all animals in flight.
  • That might be a good thing because these little things can eat. They can reportedly consume more than their own weight in nectar each day.
  • That means they keep busy visiting hundreds of flowers each day to make this happen.
  • Interesting note: The 5-centimeter bee hummingbird weighs less than a penny. Still, consuming more than you weigh is nonetheless quite a feat!

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