Julie Lyles Carr: Hummingbird, Hummingbird, Where Have You Been?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hummingbird, Hummingbird, Where Have You Been?

I so wish I had pictures for this post.
But, alas, I do not. At least not yet.

Hummingbirds are making their annual pilgrimage through our part of the world. 6 of 8 and I were sitting on the back porch after dinner, taking in their escapades. We have a couple of hummingbird feeders hung on the back porch, similar to this one.

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(from www.petworldshop.com)

I've really liked this style because it's easy to fill up and hang without pouring nectar all over myself.

We make homemade nectar for the hummingbirds, made of one part sugar to four parts very warm tap water. I used to boil the mixture, but the latest online research I've done says that tap water is now considered just fine. I don't put any kind of coloring in the nectar and the hummingbirds don't seem to mind.

I found this great site called A Quick Reference Guide to Texas Hummingbirds. It's put out in PDF form by the state of Texas and has all things hummingbirds. You can find it by clicking here.

It's fun to watch this little hummers buzz about, dive bombing their competitors and chirping in delight when they land at the feeders. And watching them has had a human benefit as well; the kids and I chat about the birds and look for their nests in the trees surrounding our yard and try to figure out which are the males and which are the females. 6 of 8 in particular asks all kinds of interesting questions about flight speed and life span. We look up facts online and admire photography of hummingbirds and talk about migration patterns.

And it all seems supremely appropriate conversation for an awakening spring.

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