Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Eating Like Birds

Every year we have hummingbirds.  I don't know if the same ones come back each year or not, they say that they do.  That's fascinating to me to think that a little bird that flies to Mexico or some other warmer place in the winter months actually can remember my little ol' hummingbird feeder and come back to delight me again in April or May of the next year.

I'm in my office working today and keep getting distracted by the buzzing sounds they are making as they are fighting for a spot at the feeder.  I have never seen so many.

They seem to be a bit gluttonous and they don't want to share with each other.  I held my iPhone camera focused on the feeder for a few minutes.  I watched them battle with each other for control of the feeder.  While sitting there focused and ready, I was able to snap this rare time when two birds lit and actually shared the food.  I guess they tired themselves out trying to scare the other away and decided there was room for two.

I am in love with these birds and I'm going to miss them when they fly further south later this fall.  I have read that it's a good idea in Georgia to keep at least one feeder filled throughout the fall and winter because while they are migrating, you might get a surprise visitor stopping by for a gulp of that sweet stuff they love so much. I have also read that it's a myth that if you keep your feeder filled into the fall that it will hinder them from migration.  They migrate when the days become shorter, not whether or not your feeder is filled.

Hope you have had some hummingbirds to watch.  If  you haven't, put out a feeder next year.  You will be glad you did.

Till next time...

Friday, September 2, 2011