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It's Hummingbird Time
In the Northwest
The Rufous Hummer is the one that I get every St.Patrick's Day. Faithfully they come back each year. So today I prepared my feeder's for them. Carefully cleaning them once again and making their food.
I use organic sugar 4 to 1 to begin with..They have flown a long way and need the extra supply to help give them some strength back. Then I change it to 3-1
One time a few years ago one got into my daughter's van and so I went in and rescued it...oh my it was so soft and sweet..It came back several years and I would talk to it and it would just sit there on the feeder and watch me. This was on my back deck.
Another year I was working for a couple watching their children 4 & 5 yrs. old, and they lived on 10 acres in a well treed area and on their front porch was 2 feeder's. We counted up to 35 hummer's there at several different times. These small children would go stand on a box under the feeder and put their little hands straight up by the feeder and have 3-4 hummers just sit on them.( I wish I knew how to put my photo on here.)
I talk to the birds whenever they hover around my back deck, which is dailey..then when my Hot Pokers are in bloom they stay around there for a long time. I usually have 3-5 hummers each year and then some babies..although it is difficult for me to know the babies from the mom's and dad's.
In my yard over the years I have identified over 52 birds that eat here. Has slowed down now though cause I have become less attentive and put out less of a variety of foods...just to busy and now getting too old. I had around 15 feeders and 10 birdhouses..now down to 3 houses and 4 feeders plus my 2 hummingbird feeders. One on the front porch and one on the back porch.
Well I am sure you were all wanting to know about this hummmmm? G-Ma :o) hugs