Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.
Hummingbirds visit us for a short period of time from the Spring until Fall. There are 18 species of Hummingbirds in North America. The most common hummingbird seen in Northern Virginia, is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
They commonly are referred to as the Emeralds and Rubies in our sky. These little beauties can fly backwards, upside down, weigh about the weight of a penny and lay the world’s smallest egg. They typically only lay 2 eggs a brood the size of a blueberry.
Hummingbirds eat about every 10 minutes and they drink up to twice their body weight in nectar every day. When using a Hummingbird feeder, we recommend filling them with a 4 part water to one part sugar solution. This solution can be made by using plain table sugar, no Splenda or Equal. Boil your water and add in the sugar, let it dissolve. Once it is cool you can pour some into the feeder and place the remaining solution in your fridge.
The solution should be changed every two to three days and every other day when it hits 90 degrees outside. Most WBU stores carry 8oz and 24 oz packages of sugar as a convenient way to make the solution for these flying jewels. We also recommend adding a rain guard to your feeder to help protect it from getting watered down. Another great tip is to keep it in the shade or near some flowers. Bee Balm, Cardinal Flower and Bleeding Hearts are great perennials to plant in your sunny garden. When the hummingbirds are not at your feeder they can be found drinking nectar from flowers, eating small gnats, spiders, aphid and flies.
How do you feed these little guys? Well we have a great selection of feeders to choose from. We have beautiful glass ones called droplets, or glass ones that look like a potted plant. The sphere feeders can do double the work, when it’s not a hummingbird feeder it can be used as a small watering dish or hold mealworms. Our number one best sellers are our Wild Birds Unlimited brand. That are easy to clean, can be put them in the top rack of your dishwasher or simple rinsed at the sink of your kitchen.
Our WBU feeders come with an ant moat molded into the nectar dish. Ant moats are an important item to add onto any hummingbird feeder to prevent the ants from getting into your nectar. Just add a little bit of water to the ant moat and a drop of oil to keep it from evaporating too quickly. These can also be used when hummingbirds season is over, for bark butter bits, mealworms, or water.
The NEVER list: never add food dye to your feeders, flower nectar is colorless and pure, that’s what your hummers want. Never use honey, it spoils too quickly and if it ferments cause a fatal fungus to form on hummers tongues. Never use sports drinks, fruit juices or other sugary substances like soda.
Look for these little jewels flying through your yard this weekend. Then come into our store and put a pin in our “Hummingbird Location Map” so we can all see where these beautiful little emeralds and rubies are!
Monique O’Grady describes herself as just a “regular Arlington resident.”
But this regular resident just convincingly defeated several candidates, including incumbent James Lander, in the Democratic school board endorsement caucus.
O’Grady, a mother of one current Arlington Public Schools student and two APS graduates (one of whom happens to be a well-known actress), says she wants to make a difference on the school board and help APS navigate its current period of rapid student enrollment growth.
We asked O’Grady about herself, her family and the various issues facing APS in this week’s 26 Square Miles podcast. Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or TuneIn.p
We made it to Memorial Day weekend. Have a relaxing time, and keep in mind the various closures throughout the county on Monday.
It’s a time to remember those who made their ultimate sacrifice for our country, and with so many reminders throughout Arlington like the Pentagon, the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day is particularly significant.
This weekend, Rolling Thunder will return in its 30th year for various ceremonies and a rally, so be on the lookout for road closures and be sure to welcome our visitors.
We’ll take a very brief hiatus, barring any breaking news, on Monday. We’re back on Tuesday, and in the meantime feel free to discuss whatever’s on your mind in the comments below. Have a great weekend!
The fifth annual Father’s Day Auto Festival returns to Crystal City on Sunday, June 18, where a bevy of vehicles from sport cars to antiques will be on display.
The family-friendly festival is from 2-6 p.m. at 220 20th Street S., and will feature a range of automobiles for viewing.
Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, the festival has a new partnership with automotive website Carsfera. The collaboration allows dozens of new cars to be added to the line-up.
In addition to the display show, there will be other activities like a mini race car painting booth, a race track, moon bounce and live music. A Toyota Prius will also be on display for local artists to creatively paint throughout the event.
The event is free to attend, and it is also free to register a vehicle to display, but online registration is required for the latter.
Photo via Crystal City BID
Arlington County schools and government offices will close Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
County offices, courts, libraries, human services, the sheriff’s office and commuter stores will all be closed for the holiday. All community centers will be closed, while all parks grounds will be open.
Also on Monday:
- The county’s four spraygrounds will be open all weekend.
- Three high school pools will be open to the public until 6 p.m.
- Metered parking will not be enforced.
- Trash and recycling collections are on a normal schedule.
- ART’s 41, 45, 51, 55 and 87 routes will operate on Sunday schedules, while all other ART routes will not operate. Standing order rides are not provided on STAR, and the call center is closed. Any rides on Monday and Tuesday must be booked in advance.
- Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. The rail system is open from 7 a.m. to midnight.
Police will close roads for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally this weekend. Riders are scheduled to arrive later today at the event’s headquarters at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
On Sunday, Arlington and Virginia State Police will close Washington Blvd from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. from I-395 to the Memorial Bridge. Meanwhile, Arlington National Cemetery will only be accessible from southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway or northbound Route 110.
Police say they expect higher attendance than usual at the rally and other events for Rolling Thunder’s 30th anniversary.
Flickr pool photo by Brian Irwin
Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.
2711 Arlington Blvd #202
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Andrew Acker
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
4624-D 28th Road S.
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Kay Houghton
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
4711 31st Street S.
2 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Bradley Wisley
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
4141 N. Henderson Road
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Pamela Hazen
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
1122 S. Harrison Street
2 Bed/1 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Susan Minnick
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
5605 5th Road S.
3 Beds/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Michael Webb
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
2418 N. Monroe Street
3 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Julie Modaressi
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
The Montana State Society’s annual Testicle Festival is returning to Virginia Square next week.
Featuring unlimited rocky mountain oysters, Crown Royal and beer (usually Budweiser), the event takes place at the American Legion post at 3445 Washington Blvd. This year, the “Testy Fest” is scheduled from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.
Tickets for the event are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
As usual, organizers have used the choice of cuisine to take liberties with their write-up about the event. From the event page:
You’d be NUTS to miss this! The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 13th annual D.C. Testy Fest – “The Original Sack Lunch” – to be held from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 at the Arlington American Legion.
Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks!
Our Rocky Mountain Oysters are prepared by legendary chef Frank McGraw, and shipped fresh from the Rock Creek Lodge in Western Montana. Not your ‘bag’? Don’t worry baby! We will have food trucks there selling delicious grub. Get there early, the first guests will also get a T-Shirt to forever memorialize the event.
Prepare to go Ballistic! For more information and to see all of your friends who are attending please visit our Facebook page for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1832050013725803
A Kung Fu Tea store is coming to Clarendon, according to a county building permit.
No word yet on an opening date.
Photo courtesy Bill Colton
Is Yelp Coming to Rosslyn? — Rosslyn’s 1812 N. Moore Street tower, the future corporate headquarters of Nestlé USA, could also be a destination for review website Yelp. The San Francisco-based company is reportedly considering opening an office in the D.C. area and 1812 N. Moore is on the short list. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman grew up in Arlington. [Washington Business Journal]
Democratic Committee Recommends Primaries — In a move that could be seen as a rebuke of the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s decision to hold a caucus to select a County Board nominee this year, the 8th District Democratic Committee has approved “a resolution saying primaries, not caucuses, should be the main form of nomination of Democratic candidates.” [InsideNova]
County Employee Is ‘Roadeo’ Star — Alexis Zambrano, a long-time county equipment operator, has scored a silver award in a regional “equipment roadeo” competition, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic American Public Works Association. [Arlington County]
Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”
Buyers once again were more active that sellers this week in Arlington. They ratified 89 contracts, while only 67 sellers braved to put their homes on the market. So the inventory level remains painfully low.
Freddie Mac reported that interest rates nudged about 7 basis points down to about 4.03% for a 30-yr fixed rate. Federal Reserve notes released Wednesday show an expected increase next month in the Fed’s benchmark rate which affects consumer interest rates like credit cards.
A report this week revealed the 20 most profitable cities for real estate appreciation. Nothing in our area came close. Topping the list were San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Arlington, on the other hand, showed zero percent appreciation in 2016 across the board for all types of housing; condos, townhomes, and single family. Can anyone explain how home values remained flat when there was only about 2.2 months of inventory and interest rates remained relatively stable? A conundrum…
Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.
- 4201 LEE HWY #605, ARLINGTON, VA 22207 – $264,900
- 2400 CLARENDON BLVD #402, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $439,000
- 901 MONROE ST N #1203, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $575,000
- 5820 3RD ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22204 – $639,000
- 5917 9TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205 – $759,000
- 1227 CLEVELAND ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $799,000
- 2855 11TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22201 – $1,145,000
- 6507 36TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22213 – $1,799,000
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