Tips on attracting fine-feathered friends to backyard

Pete Lund, president of the Gulf Coast Bird Club, says some people just concentrate on attracting one type of bird, like hummingbirds or purple martins.

The ruby-throated hummingbird can be seen in this area from March to October. Lund already has them visiting the hummingbird feeders at his home, he said. He makes his own sugar-water mixture to feed them.

“The mixture I use is one-fourth sugar and three-fourths water. I boil it for a few minutes to kill any bacteria and keep it in the refrigerator. It doesn’t last long.”

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