Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In About Six Weeks

We should be positively overrun with hummers in about six weeks. We have had a lot of activity, but it is slowing down now, which means that the moms are sitting and incubating their eggs. Once hatched, she will feed the babies a mixture of nectar and tiny bugs. It takes about six weeks for the babies to be ready to leave the nest and come to the feeders. With the activity we have seen in May, the activity beginning in late June should be absolutely fantastic.

Beech Branch Crafts & Art Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN, and Stewart's Village Gallery in Waxhaw, NC, recently received new shipments of Ozarklake feeders.

We did two shows in Utah earlier this month. In between, we were able to visit Salt Lake City, Park City, the Bonneville Salt Flats, the historical air base at Wendover, and all points in between. Even made a little money at the casino in West Wendover, NV. Bill's sister and her husband drove in from Oregon and we had a mini family reunion, too! We had a great time.

We were thrilled to receive this note recently from someone we met in Utah:
I got some of these feeders at a Bird Festival last weekend. I put out a "onesie" yesterday because, according to the internet, hummingbirds should be around this time of year. I put it on my patio door, but I didn't expect to see any since it is under a semi-covered area. Also, I had not seen one single hummingbird yet this year. So I was really surprised to see one slurping away at my Onesie this morning! Thanks so much for all of your information , advice, and for helping me find an easy way to feed the hummers and also see them up close! 
We LOVE getting notes like this one!

We have nowhere to go until the Sedona Hummingbird Festival July 29-31 followed by the Southwest Wings Birding Festival August 3-6. So guess we'll spend the next few weeks taking care of personal things while we wait for our new crop of hummingbirds to show up at the feeders.

Hummingbird fact for today: The tiny nests of ruby-throated hummingbirds may be in hardwoods or evergreens from about three to 60 feet from the ground. Often they are situated in the crotch of in an outer, down-turned branch overhanging water, but there are many exceptions. The nest can be up to a mile or more from a good feeding area.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Retailer, New Shows, New Publicity

It's been an exciting week here! First, we sent off a shipment of Ozarklake feeders to a new-to-us retail location, Beech Branch Crafts & Art Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. We shipped a re-order to the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center in Texas. We received word that we've been invited to participate in the Christmas Village in Nashville, TN, in November. And there is a wonderful article about us published today at Our Eyes Upon Missouri

Now we're off to the Festival des Fleurs in Lafayette, LA, and the Southwest Louisiana Garden Expo and Conference in Lake Charles, LA, the following weekend.

Whew! Makes us tired just reading about it!

Check out the hummingbird migration map! The ruby-throats are almost back in Missouri!

Hummingbird fact for today: One research study described a 3-gram hummingbird drinking 43 grams of sugar water in one day, a full 14 times its body weight.

Monday, March 21, 2016

First Shows of 2016 Completed!

We had a great time at the Spring Garden Show in Baton Rouge, LA. The drive down made us pause and consider the plight of those who suffered because of the unprecedented rainfall and flooding that seemed to cover the state. We toured the USS Kidd battleship and memorial. If you're in Baton Rouge, this is well worth the time!

From there we went to Vicksburg, MS. The National Military Park in Vicksburg is beautiful. It is a self-guided driving tour over paved roads weaving you past hundreds of memorials, statues, and markers. You can almost see the Civil War taking place. Also at the park is the USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum. The Cairo is an ironclad gunboat that was sunk in the Yazoo River in 1862. It has been restored and sits proudly in front of a museum full of artifacts that were also salvaged.  A rare glimpse into the naval side of the war and well worth the stop.

Then on to the Memphis Master Gardeners' Spring Fling. We've been to Memphis before, so we didn't do any sightseeing here. Unfortunately, the weekend turned cold and blustery, even though the hummingbird migration is underway. Take a look at the map and you can see that ruby-throats are slowly making their way north. http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.

We have wholesale orders to get completed before we head back to Louisiana. Proud to report that Beech Branch Crafts and Art Gallery will soon have a new shipment of Ozarklake feeders!

Hummingbird fact for today: 7,891 people reported their first hummers of 2015 to hummingbirds.net for the migration map. This set a new record! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Nice Article!

The Mar/Apr issue of Lake Lifestyles Magazine has a nice article and pictures of our work. We are very pleased!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ozarklake Feeders Now Available in Raleigh, NC!

Today we delivered hummingbird feeders, hummingbird accessories, fruit/jelly feeders, and other garden art to When Pigz Fly in Raleigh, NC. What a fabulous store! Jim and Diane will welcome you with open arms and answer any and all questions you may have. The creativity and talent of people continues to amaze me. Even if you don't make a purchase, you can amuse yourself for a good while just looking around. Stop in! It's worth a visit!

Next month, visitors and residents in Saugatuck, MI, will find Ozarklake feeders at The Owl House. And just in time for the return of the Ruby-throats to the area!

We'll be heading out soon for our spring shows. March 12-13 will find us at the Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, and we'll be at the Memphis Spring Fling March 18-19. In April, we'll be at the Festival des Fleurs in Lafayette, LA, on April 2-3. The following weekend, April 8-9, we'll be at the Southwest Louisiana Garden Expo in Lake Charles. We're going back to the Illiana Garden and Pond Expo in Crown Point, IN, April 23-24. After that we'll head west, stopping at the Big Bodacious Spring Expo in Spanish Forks, UT, May 6-7, and then the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington, UT, May 13-14.

And MOST IMPORTANTLY, the hummers will be returning to Lake of the Ozarks in about 45 days, followed by the Orioles!!! Whoo-hoo!!!! Watch the 1st sightings dates fill in the map at www.hummingbirds.net/map.html If there have been no sightings in your area and you see one, send the information so hummingbird bander Lanny Chambers can put it on his migration map!

Hummingbird fact for today: As fast and as often as their wings move, what keeps hummers from overheating? Check out this video by Tech Insiders. 

Hummingbird mystery solved
Scientists have solved one of the biggest mysteries about hummingbirds.
Posted by Tech Insider on Monday, December 21, 2015

Friday, January 15, 2016

No Hummingbird News But Other News!

Unfortunately, we have to live six months of the year without hummers here in central Missouri. So we spend this time feeding the seed and suet eaters, and getting ready for our "traveling" season. This year we will be going to Louisiana twice, to Tennessee, and to Utah during the months of March, April and May!

We will begin our season at the Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show on March 12 and 13. From there we will go to the Spring Fling, March 18-19, sponsored by the Memphis Area Master Gardeners. Then we head back to Louisiana for the April 2-3 Festival des Fleurs in Lafayette, followed by the Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo on April 8 and 9. April 23-24 will find us at the Illiana Garden & Pond Expo in Crown Point, IN. We then change direction and head to Utah for the Big Bodacious Spring Expo in Spanish Fork on May 6 and 7, followed by the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington on May 13 and 14. That's as far as the planning goes at this point, except we hope to be invited to return to the Hummingbird Festival in Sedona, AZ, July 29-31.

We are really excited to be making a LOT of inventory that will be for sale at When Pigz Fly in Raleigh, NC. That area also suffers from hummer-deprivation during the winter, so look for Ozarklake garden art in that store in the spring.

We're still running our 10% off sale. You can access items for sale through our website, or go directly to our shop on Etsy. Now through February 14 enter coupon code LOVE2016 at checkout to save on your purchase!

Watch for the March issue of Lake Lifestyles magazine! We spent a wonderful morning with editor Charis Patires this week for a feature about our work and hummingbirds.

Hummingbird fact for today: Hummers return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before. Give them a reason to come back to you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Yard is Not Exciting Without Hummers

This time of year it seems like something is lacking. Oh, that's right. The hummers and orioles are gone. We don't have to keep nectar made, have tons of sugar on hand, buy oranges and grape jelly, or fill feeders daily. So this time of year we start putting out suet, and sunflower seed, and mixed bird seed, and thistle seed - and we get to see many different kinds of birds in the yard. The little goldfinches haven't developed their bright yellow winter color yet, but the cardinals are bright red so there's a little color at the feeders. And of course the several varieties of woodpecker add a splash of color. But it's just not the same as having hummers buzzing around all day, flitting around the porch and deck.

We've got just two more shows this year. We'll be at Fall into Art in Columbia, MO, Nov. 14-15. A lot of Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artists will be exhibiting and selling unique one-of-a-kind items for holiday shoppers. The weather promises to be mild, too, so get out and go shopping! The last time we did this show in 2013, it was cold as heck! We're looking forward to a great show with lots of shoppers and getting a chance to see lots of artist friends.

Then on the Friday after Thanksgiving we're doing a new show here at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Handmade Holiday Market. It's hosted by the Lake Studio for the Arts in Sunrise Beach. One day only, so if you're in the area, don't miss this opportunity to find some create gifts handmade right here at the Lake.

Don't despair if you're not in Missouri. You can still find something for every bird-lover on your shopping list in our Ozarklake Shop. We will ship! And we'll even include a gift card and ship directly to your gift recipient if you want us to.

Hummingbird fact for today:  Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second.