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Hummingbird forum is all the buzz

By PAUL UNGER Master Naturalist

Hummingbird feeders are a popular sight in the area, but they may not get as many visits this year according to TPWD specialists. Hummingbird feeders are a popular sight in the area, but they may not get as many visits this year according to TPWD specialists. Last year, hummingbirds were present in vast numbers. All one had to do was to put up a little sugar water and you would be inundated with their buzzing.

Not so this year. Hummingbirds are not even visiting the natural flowers. Everyone seems to be asking "Where are the "buzz-birds"?

Some people have tried various attractants: red f lyers, orange bowls, bananas. Nothing seems to work. Just hanging up some sugar water will not bring the buzz-birds in.

To help us with an expert's knowledge and insight, the Rockdale Community Forum is bringing to town one of Texas' foremost hummingbird experts, Mark Klym of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division.

Klym will be at the Patterson Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. He will describe ways to naturally enhance your hummingbird feeders, where to place them, the likes and dislikes. Understanding the birds' natural behavior will contribute to our own habitat creation.

Klymer's expertise in bird habitat meshes well with his job as Texas Wildscape Pro- gram Coordinator. Creating a backyard habitat that is enticing to hummingbirds is his passion, and he will share his secrets with us.

As always, the Forum is open to the public and a free educational event provided by the City of Rockdale. The subjects are very appropriate for children as well. Speakers remain after their presentations to answer all of your questions.


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