Thursday, May 17, 2007
More Hummers Than Ever
I have never seen anything like this, perhaps at least 50 humminbirds fighting over my feeders now. It feels like the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'The Birds.' They roost in a tall bush next to the house, sometimes six on a single twig! There is no way to count them other than to look at the bush and then the feeder and make a guess. They have a distinctive yee-hee-hee-hee language that when dozens do it all at once can be quite disorienting. I'm putting out at least a pint of sugar water every morning now, sometimes to a very demanding client! It's a good thing I change the feeder everyday because old sugar left in the bottle can ferment and turn into alcohol - can you imagine that many drunk hummers? Fortunately, none have decided to move in the house yet.