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March 21, 2018 Page 3B a porter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry Johnson ti arrival of the first humming- bird of the year is always an exciting event. I am certain it was just as special to the egly colonists as it is to us centu- ries later. When the first European colonists ar- rived in the new world, they had never seen the likes of a humming- bird. This is because hummingbirds are only found in North, Central, and SOuth Ameri- ca. As such, early colonists were truly amazed by these tiny jewel-like birds; every- thing about them seemed beyond reason. Their iridescent colors were breathtaking. They had never before seen a bird that could fly sideways, forward, back, upside down and hover. They also wondered where these flying jewels went in winter. Terry W. Johnson One widely held theory was published in 1651 in a book named "The Penn- sylvania Cylopeida" This auspicious text stated that when the flowers faded away in the fall hummingbirds would thrust their bills into a tree. The birds would remain there until flowers reappeared the following spring. At that time, the tiny birds would magically come back to life and begin feeding again. As we all know, biolo- gists debunked this fanciful theory many years ago. In truth, our ruby-throated hummingbirds winter from southern Mexico to Costa Rice. Now that spring has final- ly arrived, the millions of rubythroats that have been spending the winter far south of the United States are returning home. This spring- migration is truly remarkable. Many of these birds have to navigate at least 500 miles of the Gulf of Mexico before reachirig the shores of North America. This nonstop flight takes as long as 26 hours. During this time they beat their wings 2.7 million times. Each bird must Carry about 3/40 of an ounce of fuel (fat). Once they reach the mainland of the United States, the tired, hungry birds rest and feed before continuing north. My journals indicate the first birds arrive in Monroe County around March 18. A few arrive earlier. For some reason, it seems most Monroe Countians do not see their first hummingbird until early March. The males are the first to arrive. Seven to 10 days later the first wave of females arrive. Ironically, when the first rubythroats arrive, the flowers of most of the plants blooming offer little nectar. One exception is the redbud.This small tree is a haven for early butter- flies, hummingbirds, and nectar feeders. Because of the scarcity of Male ruby-throated hummingbirds usually begin arriving in Monroe County around March 18, and they arrive tired and hungry. (Photo/Terry Johnson) nectar, we should put out a feeder full of sugar water by the middle of March. The feeders allow hungry hummingbirds to find the food they so desperately need. Far too often folks tell me the first hummer they see in the spring is spotted hovering in a place where a feeder was hung the previ- ous year. When this hap- pens people scurry to make some hummingbird food as quickly as possible. If you make your own food, remember to add one part sugar to four parts water. Boil the solution for three to four minutes. Allow the liquid to cool before it is poured into a feeder. Although most folks hang but a single feeder out at the beginning to the season, some decorate their yard with half a dozen or more. They operate under the theory that hum- mingbirds are more likely to spot a bunch of feeders than a lone one. I do not know if this increases the chance a hummingbird will find its feeder or not. However, I am certain it does not hurt. At any rate, the tiny birds that bring us so much pleasure deserve to be treated with a little tender loving care when you think about all they have gone through just to make it to our backyards. Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Enclan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors' for the Reporter for many years. Email him at 0 0 The Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be held on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 at Marion Road Gun Club in Macon at 6170 Marion Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. The cost of the clinic is $60. However, the cost for youth under age 18, active duty mili- tary, law enforcement officers with ID or elected officials is $20. Additional range fees of $10 per event. There is no fee for children, military, or physically handi- capped. Participants are taught funda- mental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights or a scope, a standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simu- late 100 to 400 yards. Students Hill learn rifle shooting from the standing, sitting, kneeling, and prone positions, sight alignment, and breath control, along with safe gun handling, proper use of a sling, and Revolutionary War history. Please bring your own ear/ eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repel- lent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. A .22 caliber rifle is recom- mended, but you can use a cen- terfire rifle if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day. To register online, go to www. For more info, contact Brian Fulwood at knbful- Meyer Cardiology, PC Dr. Thomas Meyer, Cardiologist Monroe Regional Medical Complex t20 N. Lee Street Forsyth, GA 31029 Comprehensive Cardiac Services Call (478) 745-7456 Walker Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Steven Walker 255 Tiff College Dr Forsyth, GA Mon - Wed, Fri: 9-6 Thu, Sat by Apt Physiologic Therapeutics Chiropractic Sports Physidan Call (478) 994-1562 Call Carolyn Martel "to advertise your area of expertise! 478-960-2259 Forsyth Intervention Services & Training Anger Manager er t, SubstarKe Abuse, General Counseling, and Morel 32 East Main St Forsyth, GA 31029 Call (470) 236-3478 Deena Holliman Smith, DMD 205 Medical Court Forsyth, GA 31029 Mon - Thu: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm General Dentistry Call (478) 994-1171 iii ill ii ii i! ii ill! !!ii iiii! !i!i = 466ORivers8 Par Blvd 312 acon, Mon- Fri: 8:30 am - 5 00 pm i, II Georgia Dermatology Russell Harris, MD Deborah Moore, PA-C 101 Martin Luther King Jr Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 Call (478) 994-5281 Monroe County Hospital 88 Martin Luther King jr Dqve Forsyth, GA 31029 mo n roehos pita I.o rg Call (478) 994-2521 Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex 4660 Riverside Park Blvd Macon, GA 31210 Mon - Fri: 8:30 a - 5:00 pm Call (478) 474-2114 Toll Free (800) 338-5141 i!i!i!!!i!!ii!iiiiii!! ii!i Castleberry Drug Company Jep Castleberry, RPH Laurie Parkerson, RPH Medicaid, Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted 67 North Lee St. Forsyth, GA 31029 For All Your Pharmaceutical Needs Call (478) 994-2051 Brandon S. 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