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Hummingbird Migration, Daylily Photos and a Mystery Tool

| 9/26/2011 10:43:04 PM

It’s been a long hot spring & summer, actually no spring at all. We went from unusual snowy winter to summer.  A couple of weekends ago, temperatures were near one hundred degrees and two days later, it was in the mid seventies.  It was a record low high for the date.  The following couple of cool days signaled the start of hummingbird migration back to Mexico.  Each year it seems like I have more hummingbirds than the year before, and this year I’ve hit the big time.  I haven’t been able to keep my feeders full.  (Have I told you not to use the red dye commercial stuff?  It’s not good for them.)  When I take down an empty feeder, the ruby-throated will swarm around the empty ant moat and hanger just flying around and around looking for the feeder.  When I walk back with a full feeder, I’m being buzzed, and they are feeding before I can get it hung back up.  I have a couple of videos of the migrants at my feeder for your pleasure.  One was taken about a foot away.  


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The other video is from a few feet away so you can see how many are in the area around the feeder.


Mary Carton
9/27/2011 7:52:39 PM

Dave it seems like everyone in the area who have fed hummers in the past, really had a lot more to feed this year. Maybe they didn't migrate as much north as they usually do with the crazy weather. I know a few folks who were feeding 2 gallons of sugar water a day they had some many. What's so amazing is how they can rotate their wings in so many directions as well as the migration route they have for something that only weighs ounces. I usually do my landscaping, but with plantars fasciitis in both feet, I couldn't dig that year. It took months to get over it. That's the only reason I hired the guy & he came recommended. Problem is that he used stress out plants he bought on closeout and a shrub not suited for the area. I've seen the thingy on some old wagon or horse drawn equipment at a museum somewhere. It looks like a step up for something. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Nebraska Dave
9/27/2011 12:29:27 PM

Mary, I can tell that you really like your humming birds. It is amazing to me that those little birds migrate all the way to Mexico. Can you imagine just how many time those little wings have to flap to make the trip all the way to Mexico? I've never seen so many humming birds around one feeder. It's almost like they have to wait in line to get to the feeder. You certainly have the touch when it coming to feeding humming birds. Your re blooming Day Lilies are beautiful. Sorry to hear about the bad landscaping experiences. I usually do all my own landscaping. Some turns out bad, some turns out ugly, and then once in awhile some turns out good. I am getting a little better at it. I can't help you on the metal thingy. It doesn't look interesting and I'm sure at one time it was very useful. I wish you well on your calendars and note cards. Have a great fall day.

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