Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Human Hummingbird Feeder

Anyone who knows Terrie knows how nuts she is about hummingbirds. We are fortunate this year because it seems that all the hummers that were here before their migration have returned. The cold snaps we keep having are contributing to their need to feed. The activity around our feeders is just crazy, especially at dusk as they pack in the calories for their nightly torpor state. Armed with three tubes of nectar, Terrie became a human hummingbird feeder this week. Yes, hummingbird lovers, they will come THAT close to you.

The orioles have returned as well. There are plenty of male orchard orioles as well as at least three male Baltimore orioles. So this summer we'll be buying a lot of oranges and grape jelly!

Birdfest Texoma was a lot of fun. It's very rewarding to spend time with people who appreciate our feathered friends. Next weekend we'll be at Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL. A reporter from the State Journal-Register called this week and our items will be featured in an article to be published on Thursday. Gotta love free publicity!

Hummingbird fact for today: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are so lightweight that you could mail 8 of them for the price of a first-class postage stamp.