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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hummers Remember


We walked through the garden and admired our Red Trillium that has 30 blooms. Then we stopped in front of our Trumpet Honeysuckle vine, not yet in bloom, and commented how last year we had hung a hummingbird feeder near it that was used by many hummmingbirds (see photo). We had just acknowledged that we hadn't put the feeder out yet when — zoom, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird appeared and hovered right in front of the spot the feeder had been last year. They don't forget! He undoubtedly had been there last year and probably was wondering where his feeder was, now that he had returned.
Feeling slightly guilty, (but not overly so, since there is another hummer feeder up on the other side of the house) we went in the house and promtly made some hummingbird nectar.

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

1 part white sugar
4 parts water
boil 1 minute to dissolve the sugar

We put out the feeder in its old location, ready and waiting for him tomorrow.

All photos © Lillian Stokes, 2006

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