Tidbits from the Fort Davis Hummingbird Festival

Thanks to tidbits, I can copy and paste. This column comes to you from my sister’s screened back porch in Deep East Texas, while we’re lazing around, listening to birds, with Mama on her 90th birthday.  

Cindy Rector tidbitted, Thank you for keeping us informed through your Mountain City Montage article. I should have sent this information to you earlier so the melted aluminum pot issue could have been averted.  

At the Fort Davis Hummingbird Festival, I learned that you do not have to boil water for hummingbird sugar water. For the last year I have been using four parts warm tap water to 1 part sugar and the hummers are fine with it. If you wish to see more info about hummingbird feeders and nectar, search online for “Carolyn Ohl Hummingbirds West Texas Avian Research”.

And, Cindy provided the name of a local appliance repairman who might be able to replace my utterly destroyed glass stove top.

Christine Greve, my neighbor across-the-street-and-down-two, tidbitted, “So, I finally have something you might advertise in your column. With Spring just around the corner, maybe folks who are interested in gardening might stop by the Hays County Master Gardener Association table at the Kyle Library, on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There all can find information about growing vegetables and flowers, bushes and trees, in Central Texas.  

The Master Gardeners Association is sponsored by Texas A&M, in every Texas county and is one of many programs offered through the cooperative extension office, newly located in Wimberley (moved from San Marcos three months ago).  

Anyone who is interested may also sign up to take the Master Gardeners class, the new one beginning Feb. 23, and running for 10 weeks, covering all types of gardening information in depth. (Myself and Patricia Porterfield are the Mountain City members of the HCMGA.)”

Thanks, Cindy and Christine.  

During the few weeks when few flowers bloom in Central Texas, we still have birds to brighten dreary days.

Ladder-backed and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers use our suet feeders with tail props, which help them balance.

As many as 30 White-winged doves have foraged on the ground beneath our feeder feeder with Wagner’s thistle seed that attracts Lesser Goldfinch by the dozens nowadays.

Maybe my pleas will attract tidbits. Please? Email ptom5678@gmail.com (subject: tidbits) or leave a message at 512-268-5678.

Thanks! Love to you, Pauline

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