Hummingbirds in the Hill Country

Spring in the Hill Country brings hummingbirds. I have four feeders out and cannot seem to keep them full. The little birds swarm the feeders as many as 10 at a time. I don’t buy the red stuff but rather make my own nectar, very simple, one to four, meaning one part sugar to four parts water. My boyfriend and I sit in the yard and watch them. Even when the wind is blowing they manage to land with precision. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards. At least that’s what I have been told. As for where they go in the winter, I have been informed that they fly on the backs of other migrating birds. I find that a bit hard to believe. Another explanation is that they go up and float on the jet stream. I’m not sure how they migrate, only know that they’re not here in the winter and usually appear around the first of March. I once saw a hummingbird nest in the lobby of a hotel in Cienfuegas, Cuba. Obviously the lobby was open air and the bird flew back and forth to her nest. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.