Bob Sargeant, Hummer Bird Study Group, bands the rare
flies in to eat and is captured and thus,
banded, weighed and examined by Bob Sargeant,
quarts of solution is used each day.
Hint: never add red food coloring to
solution or buy that with coloring in it.
There is a possibility of it causing kidney
damage. Solution-1 quart water boiled.
Add 1 cup of sugar. Stir. Cool.
The more feeders used, the more birds are
attracted. Putting them within
eyesight of each other, eliminates some of
the territorial fighting.
To discuss humming birds, contact Joy.
winter hummingbird nests at Linden
buff-bellied, broad-billed, white-eared and
black-chinned. And they're in Vicksburg.
They're a rare species of winter hummingbirds, and
they've been captured, identified and banded, or
tagged, by researchers to determine why they're
“The ones that are here now are very rare. They
come British Columbia to spend
their winters in the Southeast. We're trying to
figure out why,” said Bob Sargeant, founder of the
Hummer Bird Study Group.
Sargeant said the particular species of winter
hummingbird identified at Linden
Plantation in Vicksburg this year was the
Rufous, but Black-chinned and Calliope species have
been spotted here before.
Joy Brabston, owner of Linden Plantation, said she
first spotted the Rufous a month ago.
“They're not like the ruby-throated ones that are
very friendly. They're very skittish and fly away in
a heartbeat,” Brabston said.
who has been researching hummingbirds for 20 years,
said six to eight birds are usually banded every
winter in the northern part of Mississippi.
“But a lot depends on how many are reported to us.
We depend on the public to notify us if they see one
during the winter,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to leave hummingbird feeders
out during the winter and to contact me if they spot
one from Nov. 15 to March 15,” he said.