|Our Feathered Friends - June 27|
|Wednesday, June 27, 2012|
Where have all the Hummers gone? Almost sounds like some old-style song. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds seem to be as scarce as hen's teeth, at least in my yard. I have seen only one at my feeder in front of the kitchen window. Right after the feeder was placed, it didn't take two days before the ants found it. Thank goodness for ant moats, purchased last year from my friend in Mt. Juliet, Roy Garr. In about three days the ants had returned with a vengence, so why was the water disappearing so quickly? It didn't take too long to discover the reason. My large family of Carolina Chickadees had been using it as their personal water fountain and bird bath along with natural evaporation with all this hot weather. Now all I have to do is keep my eye on the moat and keep water all the way to the top. My other family of Tufted Titmouse and House Finch must have been watching the Chickadees and now they have joined in the antics and started using the ant moat as well.
Each time I find myself at the well known superstore on the south side of town, there is usually someone in the bird supply aisle looking at the red hummer nectar. There have been many sermons preached by myself on using cane sugar without red food coloring to make your “Hummer Juice.” One package brags that the expensive box will produce sixty-something ounces of Hummingbird food. A five pound bag of sugar sells for under three dollars and will make more nectar. Remember, the formula is 1 part sugar to 4 parts hot water and there is no need for food coloring. The newest feeders there are made with the glass globe made in red. That is the secret for Hummers to find the feeders in the first place.
It seems like every time I turn around, someone is having a birthday. I would like to wish Karen Franklin's daughter, Anna, a belated happy birthday that was celebrated back on the 16th of June. She turned 8. Time sure flies.
Just got word from my friend, Randy Trammel, about all the Purple Martins raised in his Martin condos. So far his Martin stables have produced 50 Martins. I am waiting for next year to see if I can add the Purple Martin to one of my nesting species here in the yard.
Maud Clemmons sent me some pictures from her sister-in-law down in Texas. It was an Albino Hummingbird. Some people get lucky and enjoy something out of this world. Why can't we get this lucky here in Lebanon?
I was walking around doing my Krogering when out of the blue, my first cousin Allison Neal came up to me to say howdy. Her two daughters, Katey and Ally, were along to learn the fine art of grocery shopping from mom. As you would know it, Allison had a bird question. Her family spends quite a bit of time in their boat on the lake, as long as the weather is nice. She spotted a bird nest on a rock bluff and each time the parent bird would fly off when they got close. She took some pictures with her camera phone, but the image was too small for me to get a good look at.