Here is something pretty amazing! This woman lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She took the little red dish from the hummingbird feeder, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.
Her name is Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana – she has been studying her hummingbirds daily. One morning she decided to see if her hummers would feed from her hands. She took the cup from the feeder, with water in it, and placed it in her hand. As the hummers had gotten used to her standing by the feeder, they came over to drink from the dish. She says they are as light as a feather. Abagail also said, ‘if she had known her husband was taking pictures she would have put on makeup.’
Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Alfano for the wonderful photos!
It’s almost that time of year when the Ruby-Throat Hummingbirds are bound for that perilous journey from their winter grounds in Central America. Flying thousands of miles across the Gulf of Mexico, they will flood the eastern parts of the U.S. to the delight of many backyard birders. At the same time, the Black-chinned Hummingbirds and others will migrate out of Mexico and settle in the central and western U.S.
Hummingbird feeders are not the only thing to attract the tiny jewels to your yard. New birding accessories like the leaf mister are absolute hummingbird magnets–they will flit, fly and dance through the gentle spray! The newest hummingbird accessory is the Hummer Helper. This is a flat wire basket filled with a special nesting material proven to be used by hummingbirds. The Hummingbird Society even endorsed this product, and will feature it in their upcoming newsletter! Separate refills are available too.
Seeing this seasons’ first bluebirds in my yard, it was the perfect reason to put up a new bluebird feeder. This year I opted for one of the recycled models by Birds Choice. It cost a few dollars more than a wooden feeder but the investment was well worth it! This blue bird feeder not only has openings on either end, but two more additional openings on each side of the plexy panels. A total of six openings…a unique feature for these types of feeders, it allows easier access and escape from from predators.
At first glance, and by the weight, I could tell the quality was of very high standards. Then, the label stating that “this bluebird feeder kept 33 plastic containers out of landfills” just makes one think how easily they created a positive reaction for the environment. I know this blue bird feeder will last a very long time, as Birds Choice guarantees their recycled products never to crack, split or fade. Can’t wait to see the bluebirds start using it!
Oh yea, here’s my bluebird feeder, complete with a new baffle for extra protection.