Hummingbird Festival *this weekend* and other Tunica Hills Highlights

A really neat must-see at least once in your life… the Feliciana Hummingbird Festival. It’s being held this Saturday, Sept 9, from 7am-3pm. The locations are the following:National Wildbird Refuge15736 Tunica Trace on Highway 66 in Tunica HillsMurrell Butler’s residence 9485 Oak Hill RdBains, LA 70775I’ve only been to the National Wildbird Refuge. It’s a quaint little place. It looks like someone’s residence with a pretty, wild garden with tons of hummingbird feeders and flowers spread about. It’s pretty interesting to see how they catch the hummingbirds for research banding. Plus, I doubt you have ever seen so many of these tiny birds in one place! I went two years ago and I’m going to share an overview of what they do in case you can’t make it in person.First, they have to catch the birds and they use these ingenious little traps to do so.

Then the birds go through a physical examination before being banded with an ID number. The check for body fat, weigh them, assess plumage and general condition assessment, as well as a few other things.

Getting some energy before being released!If you ask them, they might let you release a one!

It was definitely a good experience. Children would really enjoy it as well. There weren’t many other activities other than seeing all the birds congregate and the banding, but Tunica Hills is a really amazing place to spend a day or a weekend. There is my favorite campground, Tunica Hills Campground, which is right across from Clarks Creek. There they have multiple waterfalls and pools where you can swim along the easy to strenuous hikes.

There is also the world’s largest swamp cypress tree at Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge (make sure it’s not closed due to flooding!).

Even if you don’t make it to the festival, I hope you get a chance to visit the Tunica Hills area sometime. There is also a nearby town that is very picturesque and charming called St. Francisville. Make sure you stop into Birdman Coffee & Books! Enjoy!