Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds

| 5/24/2012 11:56:09 AM

Tags: Rural Living, Rural Life, Country Living, Country Life, Hummingbirds, Marie James,

I’ve always had a fascination and love for birds. I was just a young child when my dad began to teach me how to identify various birds native to our region. Throughout my life I’ve enjoyed watching birds and figuring out which ones I saw in the backyard or at parks and campgrounds.

hummingbird at orange flower

The tiny little hummingbird has always been a favorite. Shortly after we bought our rural property, I was surprised but delighted to discover that our forested acreage was populated by three different varieties of hummers.

Our first forest hummingbird sighting took place several years ago when we camped while developing our property. One day I noticed something darting around one of the red reflector lights at the top of our trailer. Before long there were three hummingbirds investigating that odd-looking rectangular hard plastic “flower.”

A few years later, when we were to be here for most of the summer, I hung some hummingbird feeders around the trailer and picnic canopy. The fun began.

The social order around the feeders was interesting. Sometimes birds would fight over territory. Other times it looked like a tea party as several birds peacefully sat in a circle sipping their sweet beverage.

jim miles
6/6/2012 9:38:51 PM

Great info.Love these pics.Lots hummers last year,still waiting this year.Is best keep feeder away from other feeders?

mary carton
5/29/2012 10:42:57 AM

Beautiful pictures. I did a post (as Rosedale Garden) last year showing pictures of a hummingbird I revived after it passed out in Mom's garage. I'm on a migration route and will spend hours taking pictures of them.

mary pellerito
5/28/2012 12:53:23 PM

I love hummingbirds as well. Thanks for the get post on how to attract and take care of them as they spend some time with us in the north.

nebraska dave
5/25/2012 12:22:46 PM

Marie, humming birds are indeed a joy to watch, aren't they. There flitting around becomes the center of entertainment when they are feeding. I have not seen them anywhere in my neighborhood and only tried one year to feed them which was unsuccessful. There is a plethora of song birds that audibly entertain my ears when sitting on the patio. It's great to be serenaded and wake each morning to the symphony from the birds outside my open window. Thanks for all your advice on attracting humming birds. Have a great humming bird watching day.

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