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.