I think we need more sugar….

The air has been filled with the sounds of zooming wings and chittering voices for the past month. It seems we have had quite a fledgling class of hummingbirds and everyone is celebrating at the feeders!

I have been using 12-16 lbs of sugar a week just to keep two of the feeders filled – refilling 2-3 times a day.

And we had one night of marauding raccoons who climbed up the screen and tore down one of the feeders. Luckily, the feeder was not damaged, just pieces scattered all over the yard. Now, after dark when all the fat little hummers are rubbing their round little bellies and bedding down for the night, I bring the feeders onto the porch to keep them safe from the masked bandits. And in the mornings, when I am awakened by the sound of very demanding voices outside my windows, I return them to their hangers while ducking the dive bombing little emerald jet powered creatures.

What a joy they are – and sooner than we know, they will have packed their bags and hitching a ride on the southbound geese, head to Central America for a nice winter vacation in the tropics. Pretty smart!

8 thoughts on “I think we need more sugar….

  1. that’s a lot of sugar! my feeder outside my sunroom has been a frequent stop all summer long but certainly not the non-stop action you’ve been enjoying. thanks so much for posting the video!

    • They seem to have calmed down a bit the last couple of days- only filling a couple of times a day not 3+. I absolutely love peoples faces when they visit our porch – their reaction to so many voracious little birds is priceless. And before we know it – they will be fewer and fewer and then gone again until April. Thanks, John!

  2. Good morning Kathleen ~ super read & video this morning! What is the ratio of water to sugar do u use? I keep hummingbird feeders going too ~ just curious ~ I use a ratio of 1:3
    Have a most wonderful day ~ your Ozark friend over the rise joanie

  3. You are lucky to live where such beauties spend their summer! In the UK we had nesting bee-eaters in the NW and where I live in the NE we have roseate terns, little terns, sandwich terns and arctic terns as summer breeders.

  4. Oh this is glorious. Most of the summer it was like that here, and we kept five feeders going. Wow. Now we are down to one. I smiled at their chatter waking you in the morning. It is the coolest thing – each year I know the hummers are here because one of them will hover outside my window, making eye contact, till I see him and realize it’s time to hang the feeders out. If one of them runs out, too, they peer in at me, tsk, tsk…….LOL. LOVED your film. Adorable little creatures.

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