What's it gonna cost?
- Mar 11, 2009
I didn't think I had many this year as I'd had only seen four at once but the other evening a storm was heading in and they all came to feed before the rain. We counted 10, but there very well may have been a dozen. I love watching them dart around trying to defend every feeder from interlopers. They're amazing little birds.RirlshVol, Noni, Vol30
You guys were correct!! The lil Hummers are back on the Cumberland Plateau, wife and I are loving it! She makes a quart of sugar water almost every day to keep the feeders full.
I do think the cold spell we had here in early May changed a lot of things this year. But now we're sure enjoying watching them feed, sitting on the string of lights we've got around the deck and watching their flying acrobatics.
Neat! Thanks for sharing.
You should put up another feeder or you likely will not have more show up. The males are, as you have noticed, very territorial.A male ruby throat has shown up at my feeder.
Edit: The male is actively defending the feeder, chasing other would be feeders, including one female that reached the feeder before being intercepted. It will get interesting when more show up.
I grow hyssop for the bees. I get plenty of bumblee bees, but I seldom see a honey bee on the hyssop or in my yard.Finally saw a hummer after we got back this afternoon.
Oddly, the goldfinches are hitting the hyssop and eating ?something?, alternating with the sunflowers.
The hyssop is visited by bees (and now the hummer), but by seed-eaters? I guess hyssop seed is pretty tasty, too.
Lavender (anise) hyssop, with borage in the foreground, and some bees if you look hard enough (late in the day):
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Love those little guys. So much volume out of such an itty-bitty bird!I should've been updating you guys, but we had a Carolina Wren lay eggs and successfully fledge 4 fledglings. So now there are 4 more Carolina Wrens in the world
Love catbirds. I don't have enough open spaces to have any kind of mimidaeSaw a hummingbird in our front flowerbeds yesterday. I don’t know much about them, but I assume his nest is up in a hickory in the back. He is always zipping in and out of it. Maybe not.
But this morning, the back yard is really active. Cardinals, Blue Jays, Grey Catbirds, Carolina Wrens, a Woodpecker, a Hawk, and a couple of Mourning Doves all out and about.