There was a flash of color and a blur of wings outside our front room window. Back and forth, back and forth a little bird flew. When it stopped a split second on a branch of our Mulberry tree, we could see it was a hummingbird. It was the first one seen in our yard this year. The hummingbird was barely six feet from where we hung our feeders last year. This little hummer would have rung our doorbell to get our attention, if it was possible. I’m sure it was trying to tell us that the 'hummers' had arrived, and to remind us to put out the feeders.
Our feeling of chagrin soon turned to delight for within minutes of putting out a feeder, the hummers were dining on home made nectar. In the two days our feeders were up, hummingbirds were all over our yard trying to stake out their territory, and protect their food supply.
Is your hummingbird feeder out? Make your own home made nectar by using one part sugar to four parts water. If your feeder has bright red on the bowl, there is no need to color the nectar. Just that bit of red on the feeder is enough to attract hummers.
There are some hummingbirds that use our yard and feeders as a refill station en route at migration time on their way North, but that’s okay because we love hummers. We look forward to having hummers stay the season at our place. Two of the birds currently in our yard are Calliope Hummingbirds. They are one of the smallest and yet earliest hummingbirds to migrate. They feed on nectar from flowers, drink sap from holes created by sapsuckers, catch insects on the wing, and stop at hummingbird feeders. The Calliope is often seen in southern Utah.
Brenda Rusnell is the artist of the Calliope Hummingbird. What a beauty! Thank you Brenda for sharing your art work with all of us. If you have questions about hummingbirds or just want to talk about birds, call Marilyn Davis at 435 673-0996.