Friday, September 28, 2007
Hummingbirds Still Here, Are Yours?
Do you still have hummingbirds in your area of the country? You can respond to us in the comments section of this blog entry below or send us an email.
We still have hummingbirds here in southern New Hampshire. This photo was taken several days ago. This looks like a fat hummingbird but its not. It's just a Ruby-throated Hummingbird drinking nectar from our Salvia coccinea "Lady in Red" annual plant early in the cool morning, so the hummer is a little cold and fluffed up. As of this morning we still have humingbirds drinking from the salvia.
Hummingbirds have been here all week. This is a little unusual, since last year we saw our last hummingbird on Sept. 13th. Then again, the weather has been unseasonably warm here.
Interestingly, most of the hummers we have been seeing have only been coming to the salvia and ignoring the feeders. Many of these are young humingbirds and it makes us wonder if they are just not familiar with feeders yet.
So glad we planted the salvia. We keep singing its praises. Salvia coccinea Lady in Red is an annual, available from nurseries in the spring as 6 packs. Or you can grown your own from seed, available from such sources as Burpee Seed Co.