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Friday, April 20, 2007

Here It Is!

Aah, spring at last. Here it is. We have full sun and 65 degrees. Last night the first few peepers began singing. Tree Swallows arrived today and the last ducks on the pond are beginning to leave and resume their migration.

Ring-necked duck

We planted pansies,

and put out the Hummingbird feeder. We hang a red ribbon, or piece of bright surveyor's tape, (available in hardware stores), on the pole to get the attention of migrating hummers, who are attracted to the color red. We use the

Hummingbird formula
1 part white table sugar
4 parts water

and boil, or microwave for a minute or so, until the sugar disolves. Stir to help disolve.
Can't wait 'til the hummers return and more migrants show up. No sign yet of our bluebirds or Eastern Phoebes, hope we didn't loose our Phoebe pair.
We'll spend the weekend uncovering the garden beds from their leaf mulch, repairing birdhouses, putting out more Hummingbird feeders, and just plain enjoying the wamth and sun. See you Monday.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a difference a couple of days make, snow, rain, flood, sun. The change is wonderful, enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. The photographs are fantastic, and the comments are so informative.


Anonymous said...

This was a lovely blog. Wonderful pictures. During Hurricane Katrina my son and I watched two hummingbirds feed. He had taken his feeders in, but when these two looked in the window at him at 6 in the morning, he decided he'd better put one out again. They fed during the entire storm, hanging on for dear life during the gusts, and then dipping their heads to sip. Twelve hours later, after the winds died down, the rest of the flock -- about 30 or 40 -- showed up at the same moment and were starving. He had to hurry up and put out his other feeders. The goldfinches at my feeders are always squabbling -- nobody will wait patiently as yours seem to be doing, but will attack and attack, then eat and be attacked in turn. Fun to watch.

dguzman said...

Thanks for the tip about the red ribbon--I'm putting up my first-ever hummer feeder, and I'm trying to do all I can to attract them.

Thanks, and as always--beautiful photos!