Spring Trips and spring arrives in Alabama

| 3/21/2013 8:14:55 PM

Tags: Daffodils, Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, Nature Conservancy, Bald eagles, gardening, nature photography, farming, Mary Carton,

This past weekend was beautiful but windy, however Influenza B decided to pay a visit and I was sick and didn't get to enjoy working out in the yard. 

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The heralds of spring, the ruby-throated hummingbirds are on the way back to our gardens.   According to the latest migrationmaps, on March 19, ruby-throated hummers are at the top of my state.  

When feeding hummingbirds don’t use the red dye stuff you find in the store. It’s very simple to make your own.  Use one part sugar and four parts of very hot to boiling water.  Mix well, cool and fill feeders.  It’s important to change out feeders frequently, especially during hot weather. If the water becomes cloudy it’s past time to change it.  At the first of the spring until I start seeing hummingbirds at my feeder, I’ll use 1/8 C sugar and ½ water.  As I have more birds, I’ll start putting more feeders out. 

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One interesting fact about migration, hummers will travel 25 mph hour while migrating from Mexico across the gulf and up the panhandle.  It’s an amazing feat for something that only weighs a few ounces. They don’t ride on the backs of migrating geese as some wise tails have it.  The wings will flap 55 times a second.  The average lifespan of a hummingbird is around four years.        

mary carton
4/12/2013 1:05:20 AM

Thanks Cindy. I'm not sure what's going on with the webiste. I can't find this blog post from the blog page. Everything is gone past page 5. I went back to check on the eagles this week and they are so big and where testing out their wings. It won't be long until they are ready to fly. I almost didn't finish the walk I got so hot at the end. I was coming down with the flu and didn't know it until a couple of days later. I just thought it was the sinus mess from all the pollen. The dogwoods and redbuds are starting to bloom. A friend of mine garden is on a garden tour and with the crazy weather they are late blooming this year and he was worried that they would be fully in bloom. In the 80's yesterday and that seems to have brought them out. Glad you are over the flu also. It knocked me for a loop. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I've have pictures of the 2 eaglets or whatever baby eagles are called that I'll post on my next post.

cindy murphy
4/11/2013 1:11:22 AM

Sheesh, it's been a while since I've been in here! I hope that flu bug has long since departed the premises, Mary! Love the photos - the bald eagles are magnificent! And the daffodils! They are (one of) my favorite springtime flowers - ours are just beginning to bud here; right now the crocus and snowdrops are on stage. I hope you enjoyed your wildflower walk despite your past injuries. I'm leading such a walk in a couple of weeks - I was out there in the woods a few days ago, scouting what's come up; mayapples and false Solomon's seal are just little nubs, and the trout lilies are showing. Hopefully, they'll be in bloom during the walk, as well as more plants at least sprouting - spring is slow in coming to Michigan this year!

mary carton
3/28/2013 2:17:22 AM

Dave we had snow flurries yesterday. I'm so ready for spring. This time last year I had corn coming up and this year it's too wet to even get in it in addition to the cold. My internet two blew down, so I'm just now getting back in the modern world. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

mary carton
3/28/2013 2:15:11 AM

Thank you very much. Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I have wireless internet living out in the country and a wind storm blew down the tower Monday AM and they just got it back up today.

beth rickard
3/23/2013 8:16:21 PM

Like your posts alot and really enjoy your pictures !

nebraska dave
3/23/2013 1:57:48 PM

Mary, unfortunately Spring may have officially arrived but nature has decided it isn't time to act like it just yet here in Nebraska. We are getting ready for Storm Virgil and up to three more inches of snow. I'm soooo ready to be out digging in the dirt but it just isn't going to happen at least for another week. Fifty degree temperatures are not predicted to arrive until next Thursday. I don't think it will hurt gardening but it just crunches the garden prep and planting into a much shorter time frame. Have a great Spring day in the garden.

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